Maiden speeches by newly elected MPs in the 2015 and 2017 Parliaments with data from 1918 in the attached spreadsheet.Jump to full report >>
The full report lists maiden speeches by Members of Parliament in the 2015 and 2017 Parliaments and provides links to the speeches in Hansard.
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.
The Excel spreadsheet, uploaded as a supporting document below, lists maiden speeches since 1918 in separate worksheets:
Links to the speeches in Hansard have been added where available.
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Commons Briefing papers SN04588
Author: Sarah Priddy