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Speakers of the House of Commons


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The Speaker of the House of Commons is an MP, elected by other Members of Parliament to chair debates in the Commons chamber. They have the highest authority in the Commons, determining which member may speak, with the right to suspend MPs. Arthur Onslow (Speaker 1728 – 61) is responsible for many of the practices that exist today. Before his appointment, many Speakers had political affiliations; today Speakers must remain politically impartial, resigning from their current political position once elected. The Speaker of the House of Commons is elected by the House at the beginning of each new parliamentary term, after a general election or after the resignation, retirement or death of the previous speaker. In 1992, the first female Speaker, Betty Boothroyd, Baroness Boothroyd was elected and for the first time in 2009, the Speaker was elected using a secret ballot system.

Betty Boothroyd, Baroness Boothroyd

Betty Boothroyd, Baroness Boothroyd

1929-
Speaker of the House of Commons
Sitter in 11 portraits
Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth

Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth

1757-1844
Prime Minister
Sitter associated with 77 portraits
Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington

Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington

1673-1743
Prime Minister; Speaker of the House of Commons
Sitter in 6 portraits
William Bromley

William Bromley

circa 1663-1732
Speaker of the House of Commons
Sitter in 6 portraits
Charles Manners Sutton, 1st Viscount Canterbury

Charles Manners Sutton, 1st Viscount Canterbury

1780-1845
Speaker of the House of Commons
Sitter associated with 22 portraits
Charles Abbot, 1st Baron Colchester

Charles Abbot, 1st Baron Colchester

1757-1829
Speaker of the House of Commons
Sitter associated with 10 portraits
Charles Wolfran Cornwall

Charles Wolfran Cornwall

1735-1789
Speaker of the House of Commons
Sitter associated with 7 portraits
James Abercromby, 1st Baron Dunfermline

James Abercromby, 1st Baron Dunfermline

1776-1858
Barrister and Whig politician, Speaker of the House of Commons
Sitter in 10 portraits
William Shepherd Morrison, 1st Viscount Dunrossil

William Shepherd Morrison, 1st Viscount Dunrossil

1893-1961
Speaker of the House of Commons
Sitter in 37 portraits
Charles Shaw-Lefevre, Viscount Eversley

Charles Shaw-Lefevre, Viscount Eversley

1794-1888
Speaker of the House of Commons
Sitter in 12 portraits
Hon. Edward Algernon FitzRoy

Hon. Edward Algernon FitzRoy

1869-1943
Speaker of the House of Commons; son of 3rd Baron Southampton
Sitter in 15 portraits
Paul Foley

Paul Foley

1644 or 1645-1699
Speaker of the House of Commons
Sitter associated with 1 portrait
Sir William Gregory

Sir William Gregory

1625-1696
Judge; Speaker of the House of Commons
Sitter associated with 1 portrait
Henry Bouverie William Brand, 1st Viscount Hampden

Henry Bouverie William Brand, 1st Viscount Hampden

1814-1892
Politician; Speaker of the House of Commons
Sitter in 7 portraits
Sir Thomas Hanmer, 4th Bt

Sir Thomas Hanmer, 4th Bt

1677-1746
Speaker of the House of Commons
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir Harry Braustyn Hylton Hylton-Foster

Sir Harry Braustyn Hylton Hylton-Foster

1905-1965
Speaker of the House of Commons; Conservative politician; MP for Cities of London and Westminster and later York
Sitter in 7 portraits
Horace Maybray King, Baron Maybray-King

Horace Maybray King, Baron Maybray-King

1901-1986
Politician and speaker of the House of Commons
Sitter in 15 portraits
Arthur Onslow

Arthur Onslow

1691-1768
Speaker of the House of Commons
Sitter in 13 portraits
(John) Evelyn Denison, 1st Viscount Ossington

(John) Evelyn Denison, 1st Viscount Ossington

1800-1873
Speaker of the House of Commons
Sitter in 13 portraits