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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.

Arthur Wellesley Peel, 1st Viscount Peel

Arthur Wellesley Peel, 1st Viscount Peel

1829-1912
Speaker of the House of Commons
Sitter in 24 portraits
Henry Powle

Henry Powle

1630-1692
Master of the Rolls and speaker of the Convention Parliament
Sitter associated with 4 portraits
John Freeman-Mitford, 1st Baron Redesdale

John Freeman-Mitford, 1st Baron Redesdale

1748-1830
Speaker of the House of Commons
Sitter associated with 10 portraits
Douglas Clifton Brown, Viscount Ruffside

Douglas Clifton Brown, Viscount Ruffside

1879-1958
Speaker of the House of Commons
Sitter in 19 portraits
Sir Robert Sawyer

Sir Robert Sawyer

baptised 1633-1692
Lawyer and Speaker of the House of Commons
Sitter associated with 11 portraits
William Court Gully, 1st Viscount Selby

William Court Gully, 1st Viscount Selby

1835-1909
Speaker of the House of Commons
Sitter in 15 portraits
(John) Selwyn Brooke Lloyd, Baron Selwyn-Lloyd

(John) Selwyn Brooke Lloyd, Baron Selwyn-Lloyd

1904-1978
Speaker of the House of Commons
Sitter in 22 portraits
Sir Edward Seymour, 4th Bt

Sir Edward Seymour, 4th Bt

1633-1708
Speaker of the House of Commons
Sitter in 3 portraits
John Smith

John Smith

1655 or 1656-1723
Politician and Speaker of the House of Commons
Sitter in 2 portraits
George Thomas, Viscount Tonypandy

George Thomas, Viscount Tonypandy

1909-1997
Speaker of the House of Commons
Sitter in 4 portraits
Sir John Trevor

Sir John Trevor

1637-1717
Judge and Speaker of the House of Commons
Sitter in 1 portrait
James William Lowther, 1st Viscount Ullswater

James William Lowther, 1st Viscount Ullswater

1855-1949
Speaker of the House of Commons
Sitter associated with 29 portraits
(Bruce) Bernard Weatherill, Baron Weatherill

(Bruce) Bernard Weatherill, Baron Weatherill

1920-2007
Politician; Speaker of the House of Commons
Sitter in 11 portraits
John Henry Whitley

John Henry Whitley

1866-1935
Speaker of the House of Commons
Sitter associated with 8 portraits