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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And I don't think Barry's basic motivation to serve yet another term that he wants to be Father of the House of Commons and to have been a member there longer than Dennis Skinner has been is a good one.
The British parliamentary motion was tabled by Tommy Sheppard of the Scottish National Party and its signatories include the Conservative chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Crispin Blunt, and the current Father of the House of Commons Sir Gerald Kaufman.
Thomas was the first working miner to become an MP, when he won the seat for Morpeth in 1874 he held this position until his retirement in 1918, by which time he had become Father of the House of Commons.
TP O'Connor, father of the House of Commons, declared Driscoll's execution would be "judicial murder".
In next month's General Election, Mr May will be trying to overturn a Labour majority of 4,269 secured in 2005 by Alan Williams, the Father of the House of Commons, who has just retired after holding the seat since 1964.
Former member of parliament and father of the House of Commons Tam Dalyell last year made his feelings public in The Times, saying: "My deep conviction as a 'professor of Lockerbie studies' over a 20-year period is that neither Al Megrahi nor Libya had any role in the destruction of Pan Am 103".
But the former Father of the House of Commons - who is a Baronet with the full title of Sir Thomas Dalyell of the Binns, 11th Baronet - was unapologetic last night, insisting that his claim was "acceptable".
Which MP became Father of the House of Commons after the 2001 election?
The 72-year-old Father of the House of Commons demanded fair and speedy trials for Saddam Hussein and his henchmen.
Veteran MP Tam Dalyell, Father of the House of Commons and a persistent critic of Government policy on Iraq, described Mr Straw's appearance on the BBC's Today programme as "a disgrace" and said he should be "relieved of his job forthwith".
Father of the House of Commons Tam Dalyell warned that MPs could be accused of ``stabbing British forces in the back'' if they failed to discuss the issue of attacking Iraq.
Tam Dalyell, Father of the House of Commons, wrote to Tony Blair yesterday, asking if he did not have a "moral obligation" to recall Parliament in early September.