Who is the new 'Father' of the House of Commons?


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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.


What is the 1922 Committee and why is it called that?

What is the Conservative party's 1922 committee, and how did it get its name?

What are rules for Tory leadership contests?

How does the Conservative party leadership election work, and what is the role of the 1922 committee?

What is a vassal state?

Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg warn that the UK would become a 'vassal state' under the Brexit deal supported by Theresa May.

What did John McEnroe say about Serena Williams?

What did former tennis player John McEnroe say about Serena Williams?

Why is Salvador Dali being exhumed?

Why are they digging up artist Salvador Dali's body?

What happened with the BBC News at Ten going off air?

What made the BBC News at Ten crash?

Why is Ed Miliband doing a radio show?

Why is the former Labour leader sitting in for Jeremy Vine?

Why is Daniel Day-Lewis retiring?

Why is three-times Oscar winner actor Daniel Day-Lewis retiring?