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House of Lords: Maiden and Valedictory Speeches, 2015-2017

Published Monday, June 12, 2017

This House of Lords Library briefing covers the maiden and valedictory speeches made during the course of the 2015-2017 parliament. The first and last speeches made by a Member of the House of Lords are significant occasions and, by tradition, are marked with respect by the House.

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The first speech made by a Member of the House of Lords is known as a maiden speech. This Library briefing includes the full text of a selection of recent maiden speeches, made by a cross-section of Members from different parties and affiliations, to illustrate the range of styles and subjects covered by new Members in their first contribution to the proceedings of the House of Lords. It also includes a list of all Members’ maiden speeches made in the House of Lords during the course of the last parliament.

The House of Lords Reform Act 2014 enabled Members to retire from the House of Lords. It was agreed that Members should be given the opportunity to make a valedictory speech to mark their retirement. During the 2015-2017 parliament nine such speeches were made and the full text of three are included in the briefing as examples.

Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0021

Author: Venetia Thompson

Topics: House of Lords, Members of the Lords

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