The Hansard Society hosted two online hustings for the candidates in the 2021 Lord Speaker election. The first event, on 25 March, was chaired by the BBC’s parliamentary correspondent Mark D’Arcy; and the second, on 13 April, was chaired by Jackie Ashley, former political correspondent and broadcaster.
Continue below to watch both hustings in full
All three candidates standing to be Lord Speaker took part in both events:
Each candidate produced a statement and a video setting out why they are seeking the role.
Questions from Members of the House put to the candidates across the two events covered a range of themes including governance and the role of the Speaker, membership of the House (including the position of hereditary Peers), the future of virtual proceedings after the pandemic, communications and public engagement, relations with the devolved legislatures, and the Restoration and Renewal of Parliament.
In accordance with the election timetable published by the House of Lords, voting takes place between 13 and 15 April. The result is expected to be announced at the start of business in the House of Lords on Wednesday, 21 April. The new Lord Speaker is due to take office on Saturday, 1 May and sit on the Woolsack for the first time on Tuesday, 4 May.
These events continued the Hansard Society’s involvement in Speaker hustings, after the Society previously hosted the official hustings for the Lord Speaker in 2011 and 2016. The Society also hosted the first-ever hustings for the Speakership of the House of Commons in 2009, and co-hosted hustings with the House Magazine for the last election of the Commons Speaker in 2019.
Watch both hustings in full
13 April, 2021
25 March, 2021
This page was updated on 13 April 2021.
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