Who is Sir Lindsay Hoyle? Speaker of the House makes King smile

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Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle told MPs about increased security following protests  (Yui Mok/PA Wire)
Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle told MPs about increased security following protests (Yui Mok/PA Wire)

The King appeared to smile after Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle mentioned the Glorious Revolution in his address to the monarch.

On Monday, September 12, Charles, accompanied by the Queen Consort, attended the Palace of Westminster to receive addresses from the Houses of Parliament in Westminster Hall.

The addresses were presented by the Speakers of each house and the King replied afterwards.

Sir Lindsay, who has served as Commons Speaker since 2019, offered “our heartfelt sympathy” to Charles and the Royal Family in his speech, before recalling the many occasions in which the Queen visited Westminster Hall.

In particular, the Commons Speaker recounted the time the Queen visited the oldest building in Parliament, to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Glorious Revolution, before joking: “It is perhaps very British to celebrate revolutions by presenting an address to Her Majesty.”

But, who is Sir Lindsay Hoyle? Here’s everything you need to know.

Who is Sir Lindsay Hoyle?

Sir Lindsay Hoyle was born in 1957 and attended his first Labour Party conference with his father, Doug, when he was just a young child.

From the age of seven, he was a regular on the campaign trail and delivered leaflets to help his father’s first attempts to stand as a councillor in Clitheroe as an MP. When Doug Hoyle secured the Nelson and Colne constituency in 1974, Lindsay’s political aspirations were consolidated.

At the age of 22, Sir Lindsay became the youngest councillor to serve Chorley when he was elected in 1980, then went on to become the deputy leader of Chorley Council, then Mayor of Chorley from 1997 - 1998.

In 1997, Sir Lindsay won the Chorley seat and was the first Labour MP to represent the constituency for 18 years.

In Parliament, Sir Lindsay served on the Trade & Industry Select Committee, and the European Scrutiny Committee and, in 2010, he was elected by fellow MPs to the position of Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Ways and Means.

On November 4, 2019, he was elected as Speaker of the House, following John Bercow’s resignation.

Elsewhere, Sir Lindsay is a keen supporter and advocate of the Armed Forces and serves as Honorary Colonel of the 3 Medical Regiment.

He is also dedicated to strengthening and renewing the UK’s ties with Commonwealth groups of nations, and British Overseas Territories, according to his page on UK Parliament.

Sir Lindsay is also a family man, married to Catherine, with a daughter and two grandchildren. He is also a keen pet owner, and a fan of rugby, football, and cricket.