The Lord Speaker, Baroness Hayman, has announced that she will not be seeking re-election in July.
The Lord Speaker is elected for a term of five years and is eligible to serve for a maximum of two terms. Baroness Hayman was the first person to be elected to the post, in 2006, after the Lord Chancellor ceased to be the Speaker of the House. As such, she created history and has been extremely active as an ambassador for the House, not least in promoting an extensive and successful outreach programme, exemplied in the ‘Peers in School’ initiative.
The House will have an opportunity to pay tribute to her at a later date. In the interim, it will be interesting to see which candidates emerge to succeed her.