London: Biteback Publishing, 2013, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.
From the cover: Almost as old as Parliament itself, the office of Speaker has progressed from an internal parliamentary post into one of the most recognised public roles in British political life. This historical position, however, has not been examined in detail for nearly half a century, a gap now filled by this absorbing study.
Detailing the powers, duties and responsibilities of the office, Mr Speaker describes the development of the role since the Second World War, the process of election and the widely different personalities who have taken the Speakership.
Sherry-sipping Horace King was once so drunk he couldnt climb the steps to the Speakers Chair; Michael Martin was ousted after struggling to cope with the scandal of MPs expenses; George Thomass relationship with Margaret Thatcher was met with disapproval by his Labour fellows; the controversial John Bercow exemplifies both media personality and servant of the House. Those who gave the rallying cry Order, Order have all made their contribution to this ever-evolving role and helped maintain the reputation of Britains Parliament.
Extensively researched and with a foreword by the formidable Betty Boothroyd, who became the first Madam Speaker, Matthew Labans Mr Speaker is a welcome exploration of a much misunderstood institution.
Introduction by: Betty Boothroyd
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Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XII] 323 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9½” x 6¼”.