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Speaker

in the constitutional law of the UK, an office as old as, or older than, the 14th century, the main duty of which is to preside over the HOUSE OF COMMONS. Now, the Speaker of the House of Commons is elected by the Commons but on the nomination of the party leaders after wide consultation with ordinary Members. It is a convention that the sovereign's consent is sought and given. The Speaker is usually re-elected in subsequent Parliaments. The Speaker liaises with the Queen and between the Commons and the Lords. See LORD CHANCELLOR.

SPEAKER. The presiding officer of the house of representatives of the United States is so called. The presiding officer of either branch of the state legislatures generally bears this name.

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The Labour leader, Hugh Gaitskell, voiced his dissatisfaction with the whole process during the Speakership election debate and said:
It was not until 1971, when the former Chancellor of the Exchequer and Foreign Secretary, Selwyn Lloyd's name was put forward for the Speakership that this concern came up again.
3) Canada did not adopt this system whereby the Dean of the House presides over the Speakership election until 1987.
This aspect of the Speakership which may well be the least-explored, at least at Queen's Park.
What is certain however is that this variance helps enrich, expand and most importantly contributes to the constantly evolving institution of the Speakership.
The idea for a continuous speakership deserves further study perhaps by the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly.
He is expected to formally assume the speakership when the Legislature convenes next month.
Bustamante's pending speakership marks the first time a Democrat has held the job since Willie Brown departed under mounting GOP pressure after a nearly 15-year reign.
But the Assembly turmoil, combined with term limits, have left the Assembly speakership less powerful than before; the top legislative leader now is the Senate president pro tem, Democrat Bill Lockyer of Hayward.
These two books give snapshots of the office at different periods of constitutional development and re-enforce the fact that the Speakership is one that continues to evolve and change as the political system does.