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Maiden Speeches in the House of Commons since 1918

Published Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Maiden speeches by newly elected MPs in the 2015 and 2017 Parliaments.

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The full report lists maiden speeches by Members of Parliament in the 2015 and 2017 Parliaments and provides links to the speeches in Hansard.

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 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 the 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.

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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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