Former Commons Speaker to become Baron Martin of Springburn

August 28, 2009 at 6:35 pm 2 comments


The new title of former Commons Speaker Michael Martin has been revealed.

When the House of Lords returns after the recess he will be presented as Baron Martin of Springburn, of Port Dundas in the City of Glasgow.

The Daily Telegraph reports that the Queen approved the title earlier this week and it subsequently appeared in the London Gazette.

In May Mr Martin became the first Speaker in 300 years to be forced from office, when disquiet among MPs about his performance led him to stand down.

He was replaced by John Bercow.

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.

He also stood down from his constituency, which he had represented since 1979.

Until 2005 it was known as Glasgow Springburn, but was renamed Glasgow North East.

There will be a by-election in the autumn.

It is traditional for former Speakers to take a seat in the Lords – Mr Martin’s predecessor Baroness Boothroyd served in the Speaker’s Chair from 1992 to 2000.

Peers from all the major parties, among them Lord Lawson, Lord Desai and Lord Oakeshott, had objected to his being ennobled.

Lord Jay, Chairman of the Lords Appointment Committee, wrote to the Prime Minister warning that Mr Martin’s elevation to the House of Lords would diminish the Upper House.

Despite this just after the election of the new Speaker, the Leader of the House asked the Queen to reward Mr Martin for his service.

Harriet Harman moved the motion and it was carried without a vote.

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, in keeping with tradition.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. randy  |  August 29, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Something you should read …

    Amongst other things, it shows how 700 rapes are turned into 70,000 by people like Harriet Harman in order to pursue their own ambitions.


  • 2. john in cheshire  |  September 1, 2009 at 8:48 am

    It would be comforting if once in a while people got what they deserved and not what they believe they are entitled to.

    As a point of clarification, is it necessary to address such people as Mr Martin by their acquired titles, if one doesn’t agree with them having been given it?


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