Father of the House


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Father of the House

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in Britain) the longest-serving member of the House of Commons
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When the Russell Square family came to dinner that evening, they found the father of the house seated in his usual place, but with that air of gloom on his face, which, whenever it appeared there, kept the whole circle silent.
Ken Clarke, the Father of the House, has represented the Nottinghamshire constituency of Rushcliffe since 1970.
Not a single MP spoke out against the appointment when Sir Gerald Kaufman, the new Father of the House, moved the motion for Mr Bercow to resume his seat.
Father of the House Sir Peter Tapsell said backbenchers should use their "ancient" powers to haul the former prime minister back to Parliament.
Father of the House, Tory MP Sir Peter Tapsell, said Mr Benn, who died last week aged 88, "was a great parliamentarian", while Dennis Skinner hailed him as "industrious" and "clever".
He was father of the House in 2007 and often rebelled against his party line.
Several MPs did shout "No" when his re-election was moved by new Father of the House Sir Peter Tapsell.
He should be in the running for the Father of the House.
The 60s in the title could equally refer to the age of the acts with original Searcher John McNally, 67, probably father of the house but when the hits rolled out the years rolled away.
Which MP became Father of the House of Commons after the 2001 election?
The interesting question - as posed by the past Father of the House of Commons, Mr Tam Dalyell, on the introduction of devolution in the UK - is that a Scottish Member of Parliament could vote for proposals relevant only to England, with no consequences to his own constituency.
Tam Dalyell, who was father of the House of Commons in the previous parliament, said Mr Blair should step down after the General Election result.