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Maiden Speeches in the House of Commons

Published Monday, February 3, 2020

Lists of maiden speeches by newly elected MPs since 1918

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The full report (pdf) lists maiden speeches by Members of Parliament in the 2015 2017 and 2019 Parliaments and provides links to the speeches in Hansard.

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 Hansard, the Official Report, have been added where available.

What is a maiden speech?

The first time a newly elected Member speaks in the Chamber of the House of Commons is known as a maiden speech. By tradition, the 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 Member’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 MP’s first contribution.

Guidance for new Members: Maiden speeches is published by the Governance Office on the parliamentary Intranet. MPs may:

  • wait to make their maiden speech before speaking at all in the Chamber
  • take part in questions but seek to speak in debate only when ready to deliver a maiden speech
  • take part fully in proceedings without making a traditional maiden speech.

Maiden speeches since 2015

This index provides Hansard references for maiden speeches by all MPs newly elected in the 2015, 2017 and 2019 Parliaments and includes details of each Member’s constituency and party.

2019 Parliament

140 new MPs were returned at the 2019 General Election. These included one Sinn Féin MP, who has neither taken the oath nor made the affirmation and thus cannot make a maiden speech. Members who don’t take the oath or make an affirmation are disqualified from taking part in proceedings. See the Commons Library briefing on the Parliamentary Oath for more information.

15 former MPs were re-elected and do not make an additional maiden speech.

2017 Parliament

87 new MPs were returned at the 2015 General Election. A further five Members were returned at by-elections during the Parliament one of which, a Sinn Féin MP, has not taken the oath or made the affirmation and so cannot take part in proceedings. Twelve former MPs were re-elected.

2015 Parliament

177 new MPs were returned at the 2015 General Election with a further ten returned at by-elections during the Parliament. An eleventh vacancy, Manchester Gorton, was contested at the 2017 General election

The one Sinn Féin MP elected at the 2015 General Election did not take the oath or make an affirmation and is therefore disqualified from taking part in proceedings. Five former MP were re-elected.

Election results

Analysis of the results for the 2015, 2017 and 2019 General Elections is available in the following Commons Library Briefing Papers together with the full results for download in the supporting CSV files:

For details of by-elections, see: About by-elections on the Parliament website.

Parliament: facts and figures

This series of publications contains data on various subjects relating to Parliament and Government. Topics include legislation, MPs, select committees, debates, divisions and Parliamentary procedure.

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Commons Briefing papers SN04588

Author: Sarah Priddy

Topics: House of Commons, Members of Parliament

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