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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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Such a response leads the author of this study to believe that this area of the Speakership needs further study.
Villaraigosa only reluctantly gave up the speakership when his ambitious plans to run for Los Angeles mayor began to unfold.
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Lady Boothroyd retired from the Speakership in October, 2000.
Hertzberg, who was elevated to the speakership in April, promptly promised to work in a bipartisan fashion to solve problems in education, electric utilities and health care.
And with Rayburn's protege, get-along, goalong, Jim Wright, recently ascended to the speakership, this is a useful time for such a biography to be published.
Srour said that the Al Ghanem's visit, the first since he was elected to the speakership in August, was an honour for the Jordanian parliament.
The newly appointed vice president, the decree stipulates, automatically relinquishes the position of speakership in the national parliament, leaving lawmakers to elect a new speaker.
Ben Jaafar won the speakership after receiving 145 votes in favor while 68
elect Cindy Burkett, R-Mesquite, just endorsed the speakership candidacy of Collin County lawmaker Ken Paxton, R-McKinney.
He explained that the Kurdistan Alliance was planning to propose a plan of 16 items to solve the current political dispute in Iraq and distribute the three major posts in the country, Presidency, Premiership, and Parliament's Speakership.
The Speakership is an office of great antiquity almost as old as Parliament itself.