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Speaker of the House of Commons (Atovia)

The Speaker of the House of Commons (German: Sprecher der Bundesversammlung) is the presiding officer of the House of Commons and is elected at the beginning of each new parliament by fellow Members of Parliament (MPs). The Speaker's role in presiding over the House is similar to that of speakers elsewhere in other countries that use the Westminster system. The current Speaker is Stephen Freayth. The Speaker with the longest tenure is Connor I who served pro tempore from 5 May 2017 to 5 October 2019.

Speaker of the Atovian House of Commons
Incumbent
Edward von Verraland

since 24 April 2020
StyleMr/Madam Speaker
(In the Commons)
AppointerElected by the members of the House of Commons
Inaugural holderConnor Stumperth I
Formation5 May 2017

Purpose

In Atovia it is the Speaker's responsibility to manage sessions of the House of Commons. They are to rule over the house and keep decorum. The term "Speaker" originates from the British parliamentary tradition. By convention, Speakers are normally addressed in Parliament as "Mister Speaker", for a male, and "Madame Speaker", for a female.

Election

The Constitution requires that the Speaker be elected by the House of Commons at the beginning of every new parliament. The Speaker remains a sitting MP, and may vote on all matters. All MPs are eligible to run for the Speakership. Any MP who wishes to put their name forward must nominate themselves or be nominated by another MP. The election is presided over by the Dean of the House, currently Stephen Freayth, who is the longest continuously serving MP.

On 5 October 2019, Conservative Stephen Freayth (Theolonia) was elected Speaker. He was the first elected Speaker in Atovian history.

List of Speakers of the House of Commons