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Baroness Boothroyd

Crossbench Peer (16 Jan 2001 – current)

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Valedictory Debate (5 Nov 2019)

Adrian Bailey: ...possibly a unique niche I have in political history: I have contested two by-elections nearly 25 years apart and both on the retirement of the Speaker. It was Selwyn Lloyd in 1976 and, of course, Betty Boothroyd in West Bromwich West in 2000. I have to say that I remember the West Bromwich election a lot more fondly than the Wirral one, because 1976 was not a good year for Labour. It was...

Election of Speaker (4 Nov 2019)

Harriet Harman: ...s rights, too, but, in 600 years, there has only ever been one woman Speaker. I do not actually agree with making reference to the Gallery, but I will break with precedent here and pay tribute to Betty Boothroyd. So, in 600 years, there has only ever been one woman. There have been 156 men. This is my question to the House today: can we show the country that we have changed by putting the...

Preparations for Leaving the EU: Points of Order (8 Oct 2019)

Rachel Reeves: On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. Lots of people will be watching Parliament on television today, but, of course, that was not possible 30 years ago. Twenty-seven years ago, Baroness Betty Boothroyd became the first female Speaker of the House of Commons. Today is her 90th birthday. I wondered what pieces of advice you could give on how we could all go about wishing her a happy birthday.

Tributes (Speaker Martin) (1 May 2018)

John Bercow: ..., and he eventually spent over a decade as a member of the Speaker’s Panel of Chairmen. He also became Chairman of the Scottish Grand Committee before devolution. After serving as Commons Speaker Betty Boothroyd’s Deputy from 1997, he was elected by Members of this House to succeed her in 2000. In doing so, he became the first Roman Catholic to serve in the role since the Reformation....

Role of Women in Public Life - Motion to Take Note (5 Feb 2018)

Baroness Crawley: ...became the first woman Prime Minister in 1979, nearly 40 years ago. Baroness Young became the first female Leader of the House of Lords in 1981—a popular practice now on both sides of the House. Betty Boothroyd was our first woman Speaker of the House of Commons in 1992. The noble Baroness, Lady Boothroyd, is very much an active Member of your Lordships’ House and was on her feet yet...

Houses of Parliament (Family-friendliness) — [Fabian Hamilton in the Chair] (10 Nov 2015)

Therese Coffey: that they have a session with their MPs to discuss the matter, as has already happened on our side. Moving on to breastfeeding, my right hon. Friend the Member for Chelmsford referred to the Betty Boothroyd test, which I believe still stands. We may talk about it being the 21st century, but this is a workplace and it is not something that people enjoy wider than that. I do not believe...

Opposition Day: 3rd Alloted day — A&E Services (24 Jun 2015)

Paula Sherriff: .... I have big shoes to fill and I thank Ann for the generosity of her advice and support. I aspire to make her proud. On the subject of inspirational women it would be remiss of me not to mention Betty Boothroyd, born in Dewsbury, the daughter of textile workers, who broke new ground by becoming the first woman to be elected as one of Mr Speaker’s predecessors. The Dewsbury constituency...

Business of the House: International Women’s Day (5 Mar 2015)

Dame Cheryl Gillan: be immortalised in bronze, in oils or something else entirely. It is important to remember, Madam Deputy Speaker, that in my time in this House I saw the first female Speaker, in the form of Betty Boothroyd. I am second to none in my admiration for the contribution that woman made in the Chair. Our two female Deputy Speakers also make an excellent contribution to this place. [Hon....

Education: Social Mobility — Motion to Take Note (13 Mar 2014)

Lord Baker of Dorking: a technical high school. Sir Mike Tomlinson, the former Chief Inspector of Schools, started his life at Oakwood Technical High School. Coming to your Lordships’ House, the noble Baroness, Lady Boothroyd—the dear, beloved Betty Boothroyd, former Speaker of the House of Commons—went to a technical school. Those technical schools were real agents of social mobility, as they can be...

Tributes to Nelson Mandela (9 Dec 2013)

Angela Eagle: ...that great speech to both Houses of Parliament, and my abiding memory is of him walking down the stairs of Westminster Hall hand in hand with one of your predecessors, Mr Speaker, the then Speaker Betty Boothroyd in July 1996. I also remember his address to the Labour party conference in 2000 at which he congratulated us on the first centenary of our party and looked forward to the next....

Bills Presented — Face Coverings (Prohibition) Bill: Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (24 Jun 2013)

Nigel Dodds:, again, under Tony Blair’s premiership. The then Secretary of State, John Reid, brought it in. It was opposed by the then Conservative Opposition, as it had been by the previous Speaker, Betty Boothroyd, and others. Sinn Fein had challenged all the way to the courts—European Courts—and had been defeated, but it was introduced as a special concession because it was argued at that...

Outlawries Bill: Debate on the Address — [1st Day] (9 May 2012)

Nigel Dodds: ...House who are not here today and no doubt can speak for themselves in due course. The fact is that Members who do not take their seats are given an enormous advantage. We know that back in 2001, Betty Boothroyd, the former great Speaker of the House, resisted all this for a long time. Ultimately, the decision was taken to proceed with the concessions because the then Labour Government...

Backbench Business: Ministerial Statements (5 Dec 2011)

Philip Hollobone: ...accepted, tabled by Back Benchers and Front Benchers alike, holding the Government to account when they have not properly released information to this House first. However, it was your predecessor, Betty Boothroyd—Speaker Boothroyd, as she then was—who said in her farewell address: “This is the chief forum of the nation—today, tomorrow and, I hope, for ever.”—[ Official Report,...

Parliamentary Allowances and Short Money (30 Jun 2010)

Nigel Dodds: ...election. The issue arose in 1997 and in 2001, with the respective Speakers of the House at those times ruling that Sinn Fein should not be granted allowances. On 14 May 1997, the then Speaker, Betty Boothroyd, said: "those who choose not to take their seats should not have access to the many benefits and facilities that are now available in the House without also taking up their...

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (22 Jun 2010)

Simon Reevell: ...on the fact that our real heroes are serving six-month operational tours in Afghanistan. I referred to sons and daughters of Dewsbury, and I cannot make reference to any of them without mentioning Betty Boothroyd, as was, who became Speaker in 1992 and remained so for eight years. Another Dewsbury politician is my predecessor as a candidate, Sayeeda Warsi, who is an inspiration to many...

Speaker's Statement (8 Jun 2010)

John Bercow: ...) has brought to the House his experience of chairing Public Bill Committees, and he has done so with great care and good sense. Sir Alan Haselhurst was a newcomer to the Chair 13 years ago, when Betty Boothroyd was Speaker. He has served as Chairman of Ways and Means with distinction through three Parliaments, guiding the House in the Chamber and helping its work behind the scenes. I...

Bills Presented: Education and Health (19 Nov 2009)

Dennis Skinner: for all those weeks. I finished up with a United Nations heart. I had a Dutch doctor, a Syrian cardiologist and a Malaysian surgeon-the same one who operated on the last Speaker but one, Betty Boothroyd. He is one of the top five in the world. All those people worked together. If I had been in hospital for that open-heart surgery another month, I would have sorted out the...

Outlawries Bill: Debate on the Address — [1st Day] (18 Nov 2009)

Frank Dobson: ..., and its headquarters were always located in my constituency. There are great privileges in being a Member of Parliament, but the greatest for me was to be able to sit with my wife and see Speaker Betty Boothroyd help Nelson Mandela down the steps in Westminster Hall for him to address both Houses of our Parliament as the democratically elected President of multiracial South Africa....

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Issue of Writ (21 Jul 2009)

Tom Harris: ...other parties, Michael Martin was opposed in 2001 and 2005 by the Scottish National party. Those were contested elections. However, the hon. Gentleman was in the House when I was not in 2000 when Betty Boothroyd stood down. Did he object to the Government's moving the writ for that by-election, when she was not elected as a Labour Member of Parliament?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Tribute to Mr. Speaker (17 Jun 2009)

Bill Olner: your good self, Mr. Speaker. Every Member of Parliament knows where they were when a new Speaker was selected. I can remember sitting on the Opposition Benches when we elected your predecessor, Betty Boothroyd, as Speaker. I remember that those on the Government Benches said, "Don't get too excited, that's the only vote you're going to win in this Parliament", and it was. I can also...

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