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Maiden Speeches in the House of Commons since 1918

Published Friday, June 2, 2017

186 maiden speeches were made by newly elected MPs in the 2015 Parliament.

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What is a maiden speech?

The first time a newly elected MP speaks in the Chamber of the House of Commons is known as a maiden speech. By tradition, a new MP is called ahead of other MPs who may have indicated their wish to speak in the same debate. A maiden speech is usually uncontroversial, fairly brief and includes a tribute to the MP's predecessor in the seat, irrespective of party, and favourable remarks about the constituency. It is also a tradition that a maiden speech is heard without interruption and for any speeches that may follow to praise the new Member's first contribution.

Maiden speeches in the 2015 Parliament

This full report provides Hansard references (with links to Hansard, the official report of the House of Commons) for maiden speeches by all Members newly elected in the 2015 Parliament. It includes details of the MP's constituency and party.

177 new MPs were returned at the 2015 General Election with a further 10 returned at by-elections during the course of the Parliament. The one Sinn Fein MP elected at the 2015 General Election did not make a maiden speech as he did not take the oath or make an affirmation and is therefore disqualified from taking part in proceedings. See the Commons Library briefing on the Parliamentary Oath for more information.

Maiden speeches since 1918

The Excel spreadsheet, uploaded as a supporting document below, lists maiden speeches since 1918 in separate worksheets:

  • 1918- 1945
  • 1945 - 1979
  • 1979 - 2015
  • 2015 - present

Links to speeches in Hansard have been added where available.

Election results

Further information on parliamentary elections and by-elections on the elections page of the Parliament website.

Feedback

Please send any comments or corrections to: Parliamentary Information Lists Editor, Parliament and Constitution Centre, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. Suggestions for new lists welcomed.

 

 

 

Commons Briefing papers SN04588

Author: Sarah Priddy

Topics: House of Commons, Members of Parliament

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