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Hansard Society Speaker Hustings to be televised in full

Hustings for Speaker of the House of Commons, 2009The Hansard Society Speaker Hustings will be televised in full, including the questions that were put to the candidates by MPs, at 9pm on Saturday June 20, on the BBC Parliament channel, available on Sky (Channel 504), Telewest (Channel 612), NTL (Channel 128/13) and Freeview (Channel 81).

The Hansard Society held the first ever Speaker Hustings in Parliament on June 15. It was streamed live on the BBC news website and we twittered throughout the event to keep people up to date with the proceedings as they happened. All of the participants spoke for 5 minutes, setting out their manifestos. The full event, including Q&A, will be shown on BBC Parliament on Saturday at 9pm.

The participants were:

  • Margaret Beckett MP
  • Sir Alan Beith MP
  • John Bercow MP
  • Sir Patrick Cormack MP
  • Parmjit Dhanda MP
  • Sir Alan Haselhurst MP
  • Sir Michael Lord MP
  • Richard Shepherd MP
  • Ann Widdecombe MP
  • Sir George Young MP

The questions from MPs in the audience ranged in theme from how the candidates would explain the House of Commons to the public should they be elected, to whether experience was important to the role of Speaker of the House of Commons, as well as questions about MPs expenses. MPs who asked questions included:

  • Douglas Carswell MP
  • Stephen Pound MP
  • Ann Cryer MP
  • Martin Salter MP
  • Ann Milton MP
  • George Howarth MP
  • Michael Moore MP
  • Chris Mullen MP

For further information contact Virginia Gibbons, Head of Communications at the Hansard Society on 020 7219 1225/07812765552

Editors Notes:

  • The Hansard Society is the UK’s leading non-partisan political research and education charity which exists to strengthen parliamentary democracy and encourage greater public involvement in politics. (


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