Government asks the Queen to make Michael Martin a peer

June 22, 2009 at 9:14 pm 1 comment


The Leader of the House has asked the Queen to reward former Commons Speaker Michael Martin for his service.

The exact wording – “That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying Her Majesty that she will be most graciously pleased to confer some signal mark of Her Royal favour upon the Right Honourable Mr Michael J Martin for his eminent services during the important period in which he presided with such distinguished ability and dignity in the Chair of this House” – refers to a peerage, as is customary for retiring Speakers.

Harriet Harman moved the motion when the Commons returned from the Lords, where they had received word of the Queen’s approval of John Bercow as the new Speaker.

The motion was carried without a vote.

Last month, Mr Martin announced he was to step down from the Speakership, a role he had held since 2000.

His position became untenable after a motion of no confidence was tabled against him and it became clear that a substantial number of MPs wanted him to go.

It was the first time in more than 300 years that a Speaker was forced from office and shattered the convention that MPs do not criticise the Speaker.

Today he resigned from Parliament when he was appointed as Steward and Bailiff of the Manor of Northstead – a procedural device which allows MPs to resign between elections.


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Edward Palmer  |  June 23, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Lord Greedy of Troughing perhaps?


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