Which MP is now 'Father of the House', and what does it mean?
Ken Clarke MP is the new 'Father of the House' in the House of Commons following the death of Gerald Kaufman. The role is an honorary one given to the longest-serving MP, not the oldest. Clarke and Kaufman, who died on 26 Feb 2017, had both been MPs since 1970 but Kaufman had been sworn in first so had the title. The main task of the father of the house is to oversee the election of Speaker of the House of Commons.