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Father of the House

The longest continuously serving Member of the House of Commons in the United Kingdom and the House of Representatives in Australia is customarily designated Father of the House. The most important duty of the Father of the House is to preside over the election of a new speaker should that office be vacant at the beginning of a Parliament.

United Kingdom

The current Father of the House of Commons is Tam Dalyell (Labour Party), who was first elected for the seat of West Lothian (since renamed Linlithgow) in a by-election in June 1962.

Australia

The current Father of the House of Representatives in Australia is Phillip Ruddock (Liberal Party) who was elected in a by-election in September 1973.



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