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Maiden Speeches in the House of Commons since 2015

Published Monday, September 3, 2018

List of maiden speeches by newly elected MPs in the 2015 and 2017 Parliaments, including data from 1918 in the attached spreadsheet.

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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.

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.


Please send any comments or corrections to the Parliament & Constitution Centre. Suggestions for new lists welcomed.

Commons Briefing papers SN04588

Author: Sarah Priddy

Topics: House of Commons, Members of Parliament

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