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Tributes (Speaker Weatherill)

Part of Business of the House – in the House of Commons at 12:49 pm on 10th May 2007.

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Photo of Peter Viggers Peter Viggers Conservative, Gosport 12:49 pm, 10th May 2007

For a while after the election of every Speaker, there is a period when the House wonders what kind of stamp or mark they will put on the House, so for a few weeks after the election of Mr. Speaker Weatherill the House was wondering how he would be as Speaker. During that period, there was a vigorous debate—it was a noisy event—and a very much loved, popular Member on the Labour Benches, Eric Heffer, was in full flow. If Eric Heffer had a fault, it was that he had a bit of a temper. He was being baited mercilessly by one of our younger whippersnappers on the opposite side of the House. Eventually, Heffer completely lost his cool, spun round and shouted, "Shut up, you stupid git!" From the Chair, Mr. Speaker Weatherill said, "Order, order. I think I'm meant to say that." [ Laughter . ]

Jack was universally respected and popular. I should like to join those who have expressed their condolences and best wishes to his charming family.