Lord McFall of Alcluith has been elected as the new Lord Speaker, the first Catholic to take up the role.
His election comes following Lord Fowler’s early resignation, as announced in February.
Lord McFall, a former Labour and Co-operative MP in Dunbartonshire from 1987 to 2010, first joined the House of Lords in 2010 and served as Senior Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords since 2016.
Born in Dumbarton, he attended St Patrick’s secondary school where he left without any qualifications at the age of 15. He later earned enough qualifications to become a maths and chemistry teacher and, later served as a junior minister before becoming chair of the Commons Treasury committee in 2001.
McFall said he wants the Lords to be “a vibrant, outward-facing legislature that reaches out as widely as possible across all parts of the United Kingdom”.
“I am humbled to have been chosen by my colleagues to serve as the next Lord Speaker and I am honoured to be taking over the reins from Lord Fowler, who has achieved so much during his term of office,” he said following his election.
Picture: Lord McFall of Alcluith. (Roger Harris/Wikimedia Commons).