In Parliament

Eleanor was elected Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons in October 2013.

Before becoming Deputy Speaker, Eleanor was a member of the influential Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee and Chairman of the 1922 Home and Constitutional Affairs Committee. Always deeply involved in parliamentary reform, she was a member of the controversial Joint Committee on the House of Lords, the Joint Committee on Parliamentary Privilege and the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission. She has also held a variety of opposition spokesman roles - as Shadow Minister for Constitutional Affairs, Shadow Minister for Equality, Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, Shadow Education Minister and Opposition Whip.

She was a regular contributor to House of Commons debates and you can see her speeches and debate interventions here. Since being elected Deputy Speaker, Eleanor can no longer take part in the debate but, of course, chairs debates on a daily basis.

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