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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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Despite the fact that the Canadian Speakership has yet to achieve the same level of independence and impartiality as the much older and more established British one, in many ways it has been one step ahead of its counterpart at Westminster.
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This is evidence that the Speakership is, and continues to be, held in high esteem across Canada.
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Cruz Bustamante, an obscure state lawmaker fast on his way to becoming one of California's most powerful politicians, said his looming Assembly speakership will be less partisan and more collegial than those of his predecessors.
Bustamante added that he sought a speakership that would be ``collaborative and set a pattern for the future.
Likewise, the failure to look closely at the Speakerships from a "rights" based approach is also a methodological one.
The study of the Speakership is important for a number of reasons.