Ex-Speaker Michael Martin to get peerage

Author: By Joe Churcher, Press Association

Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s spokesman said a motion approved by MPs asking
for the service of Mr Martin to be recognised had been accepted by the
monarch.

“There is a long-established convention that previous Speakers receive
peerages. There was an uncontested motion that went through the House and
the Queen has decided to grant Michael Martin a peerage,” he said.

In a motion presented by Commons Leader Harriet Harman last week, MPs agreed
to ask the Queen to honour Mr Martin “for his eminent services during the
important period in which he presided with such distinguished ability and
dignity in the chair of this House”.

Mr Martin, who stepped down earlier this month, was the first Speaker to be
effectively forced from office in centuries after he lost the confidence of
MPs and was publicly urged to go by senior figures including Liberal
Democrat leader Nick Clegg.

In a typically oblique response, the Vice-Chamberlain of the Household told
the Commons that the Queen was “desirous, in compliance with the request of
her faithful Commons, to confer upon the Right Hon Michael J Martin some
signal mark of her royal favour”.

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