Father of the House
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| Father of the House |
|Title bestowed on the senior member of the UK House of Commons who has the longest continuous service.|
The Father of the House is a title that is bestowed on the senior member of the House of Commons who has the longest continuous service. If two or more members have the same length of current uninterrupted service, then whoever was sworn in earliest, as listed in Hansard, is named as Father of the House.
The only formal duty of the Father of the House is to preside over the election of the Speaker of the House of Commons. However, the relevant Standing Order does not refer to this member by the title of "Father of the House", but instead to the longest-serving member of the House present who is not a Minister of the Crown.
Office Holders on Wikispooks
|Tam Dalyell||7 June 2001||5 May 2005|
|Edward Heath||9 April 1992||7 June 2001|
|James Callaghan||9 June 1983||11 June 1987|
|Rab Butler||16 October 1964||15 October 1965|
|David Lloyd George||31 May 1929||26 March 1945|
|Henry Campbell-Bannerman||22 May 1907||22 April 1908|