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The Right Honourable
 The Baroness Hayman 
PC

Hayman (left) with Russian First Lady Svetlana Medvedeva (right) in London on 1 April 2009.

Incumbent
Assumed office 
4 July 2006
Preceded by Lord Falconer
as Lord Chancellor

Incumbent
Assumed office 
1996

Member of Parliament
for Welwyn and Hatfield
In office
10 October 1974 – 3 May 1979
Preceded by Lord Balniel
Succeeded by Christopher Murphy

Born 26 March 1949 (1949-03-26) (age 60)
Political party Independent (2006–present)
Other political
affiliations
Labour (?–2006)
Spouse(s) Martin Heathcote Hayman

Helene Valerie Hayman, Baroness Hayman, PC (born 26 March 1949 in Wolverhampton as Helene Middleweek) is Lord Speaker of the House of Lords in the Parliament of the United Kingdom. As a member of the Labour Party she was a Member of Parliament from 1974 to 1979, and became a Life Peer in 1996. Outside politics, she has been involved in health issues, serving on medical ethics committees and the governing bodies of bodies in the National Health Service and health charities. In 2006, she won the initial election for the newly created position of Lord Speaker.

Contents

Family life and career before politics

Helene Hayman is the daughter of Maurice and Maude Middleweek. She attended Wolverhampton Girls' High School and read law at Newnham College, Cambridge, graduating in 1969, and was President of the Cambridge Union Society in 1969. She worked for Shelter from 1969 to 1971, and for the Social Services Department at the London Borough of Camden from 1971 to 1974. In 1974 she became Deputy Director of the National Council for One-Parent Families.[1]

She married Martin Hayman in 1974; together, they have four sons.[1]

Political career

Helene Hayman was elected as the Member of Parliament for Welwyn and Hatfield in the October 1974 UK general election. On her election, she was the youngest member of the House of Commons, remaining the "Baby of the House" until the by-election victory of Andrew Mackay in 1977. She was the first woman to breastfeed at Westminster. She lost her seat, a marginal, to the Conservative Christopher Murphy at the 1979 general election.

She was a member of the Bloomsbury Health Authority (later Bloomsbury and Islington Health Authority) from 1985 to 1992 and its Vice-Chair from 1988 onwards.[1] She served on the ethics committees of the Royal College of Gynaecologists from 1982 to 1997, and of the University College London and University College Hospital from 1987 to 1997. From 1992 to 1997, she was a member of the Council of University College, London, and chair of Whittington Hospital NHS Trust.

Helene Hayman was made a Life Peer in 1996, and took the title Baroness Hayman, of Dartmouth Park in the London Borough of Camden. After the Labour Party won the 1997 general election, she served as a junior minister in the Department for Environment, Transport and the Regions and the Department of Health, before being appointed Minister of State at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in July 1999. She became a member of the Privy Council in 2001, but left political office the same year to become chairman of Cancer Research UK (2001-2005). She became chair of the Human Tissue Authority in 2005. She was a Trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (2002-2006) and of the Tropical Health and Education Trust (2005–2006). She was a member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority in 2005-06.

She was a member of the Lords Select Committee on the Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill, 2004–05, and of the Lords Constitution Committee, 2005–06.[1]

Lord Speaker

In May 2006, after the position of Speaker in the House of Lords was separated from the office of Lord Chancellor as part of the reforms under the Constitutional Reform Act 2005, she was one of nine candidates to be put forward for the new role of Lord Speaker. She was nominated as a candidate by Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean and seconded by Lord Walton of Detchant. Her narrow victory in the election was announced on 4 July 2006, and she became the first ever Lord Speaker. On her election, Lord McNally, the Liberal Democrat leader in the House of Lords, called her the "Julie Andrews of British politics". Like the Speaker in the House of Commons, but unlike the Lord Chancellor who was also a judge and a government minister, the Lord Speaker resigns party membership and outside interests to concentrate on being an impartial presiding officer.

References

  1. ^ a b c d 'HAYMAN', Who's Who 2009, A & C Black.

Offices held

Political offices
Preceded by
The Lord Falconer of Thoroton
as Lord Chancellor
Lord Speaker
2006 – present
Incumbent
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Lord Balniel
Member of Parliament for Welwyn and Hatfield
October 19741979
Succeeded by
Christopher Murphy
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Dafydd Elis Thomas
Baby of the House
1974 – 1977
Succeeded by
Andrew MacKay
Order of precedence in England and Wales and in Northern Ireland
Preceded by
The Baroness Royall of Blaisdon
Lord President of the Council
Ladies
Lord Speaker
Succeeded by
Harriet Harman
Lord Privy Seal
Order of precedence in Scotland
Preceded by
Ambassadors and High Commissioners
to the United Kingdom
Ladies
Lord Speaker
Succeeded by
The Dowager Duchess of Norfolk
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The Right Honourable
 The Baroness Hayman 
PC
File:Svetlana Medvedeva 1 April
Hayman (left) with Russian First Lady Svetlana Medvedeva (right) in London on 1 April 2009.

Incumbent
Assumed office 
4 July 2006
Preceded by Lord Falconer
as Lord Chancellor

Incumbent
Assumed office 
1996

Member of Parliament
for Welwyn and Hatfield
In office
10 October 1974 – 3 May 1979
Preceded by Lord Balniel
Succeeded by Christopher Murphy

Born 26 March 1949 (1949-03-26) (age 61)
Political party Independent (2006–present)
Other political
affiliations
Labour (?–2006)
Spouse(s) Martin Heathcote Hayman

Helene Valerie Hayman, Baroness Hayman, PC (born 26 March 1949 in Wolverhampton as Helene Middleweek) is Lord Speaker of the House of Lords in the Parliament of the United Kingdom. As a member of the Labour Party she was a Member of Parliament from 1974 to 1979, and became a Life Peer in 1996. Outside politics, she has been involved in health issues, serving on medical ethics committees and the governing bodies of bodies in the National Health Service and health charities. In 2006, she won the initial election for the newly created position of Lord Speaker.

Contents

Family life and career before politics

Helene Hayman is the daughter of Maurice and Maude Middleweek. She attended Wolverhampton Girls' High School and read law at Newnham College, Cambridge, graduating in 1969, and was President of the Cambridge Union Society in 1969. She worked for Shelter from 1969 to 1971, and for the Social Services Department at the London Borough of Camden from 1971 to 1974. In 1974 she became Deputy Director of the National Council for One-Parent Families.[1]

She married Martin Hayman in 1974; together, they have four sons.[1]

Political career

She contested the Wolverhampton South West constituency in the February 1974 election. She was elected as the Member of Parliament for Welwyn and Hatfield in the October 1974 UK general election. On her election, she was the youngest member of the House of Commons, remaining the "Baby of the House" until the by-election victory of Andrew Mackay in 1977. She was the first woman to breastfeed at Westminster. She lost her seat, a marginal, to the Conservative Christopher Murphy at the 1979 general election.

She was a member of the Bloomsbury Health Authority (later Bloomsbury and Islington Health Authority) from 1985 to 1992 and its Vice-Chair from 1988 onwards.[1] She served on the ethics committees of the Royal College of Gynaecologists from 1982 to 1997, and of the University College London and University College Hospital from 1987 to 1997. From 1992 to 1997, she was a member of the Council of University College, London, and chair of Whittington Hospital NHS Trust.

Helene Hayman was made a Life Peer in 1996, and took the title Baroness Hayman, of Dartmouth Park in the London Borough of Camden. After the Labour Party won the 1997 general election, she served as a junior minister in the Department for Environment, Transport and the Regions and the Department of Health, before being appointed Minister of State at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in July 1999. She became a member of the Privy Council in 2001, but left political office the same year to become chairman of Cancer Research UK (2001–2005). She became chair of the Human Tissue Authority in 2005. She was a Trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (2002–2006) and of the Tropical Health and Education Trust (2005–2006). She was a member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority in 2005-06.

She was a member of the Lords Select Committee on the Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill, 2004–05, and of the Lords Constitution Committee, 2005–06.[1]

Lord Speaker

In May 2006, after the position of Speaker in the House of Lords was separated from the office of Lord Chancellor as part of the reforms under the Constitutional Reform Act 2005, she was one of nine candidates to be put forward for the new role of Lord Speaker. She was nominated as a candidate by Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean and seconded by Lord Walton of Detchant. Her narrow victory in the election was announced on 4 July 2006, and she became the first ever Lord Speaker. On her election, Lord McNally, the Liberal Democrat leader in the House of Lords, called her the "Julie Andrews of British politics". Like the Speaker in the House of Commons, but unlike the Lord Chancellor who was also a judge and a government minister, the Lord Speaker resigns party membership and outside interests to concentrate on being an impartial presiding officer.

References

  1. ^ a b c d 'HAYMAN', Who's Who 2009, A & C Black.

Offices held

Political offices
Preceded by
The Lord Falconer of Thoroton
as Lord Chancellor
Lord Speaker
2006 – present
Incumbent
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Lord Balniel
Member of Parliament for Welwyn and Hatfield
October 19741979
Succeeded by
Christopher Murphy
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Dafydd Elis Thomas
Baby of the House
1974–1977
Succeeded by
Andrew MacKay
Order of precedence in England and Wales and in Northern Ireland
Preceded by
The Baroness Royall of Blaisdon
Lord President of the Council
Ladies
Lord Speaker
Succeeded by
Harriet Harman
Lord Privy Seal
Order of precedence in Scotland
Preceded by
Ambassadors and High Commissioners
to the United Kingdom
Ladies
Lord Speaker
Succeeded by
The Dowager Duchess of Norfolk


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