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The UK general election took place on Thursday 4 July 2024. The new Parliament met on Tuesday 9 July 2024 for the election of the Speaker and swearing-in of MPs and Lords. The State Opening of Parliament and The King’s Speech will take place on Wednesday 17 July 2024.

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Conference member: Albert Grey, 4th Earl Grey

Albert Grey (1851–1917), great-nephew of Prime Minister Earl Grey, was a radical Liberal peer in favour of women's suffrage. Formerly an MP, he became the 4th Earl Grey in 1894. During the 1890s he was a director of the British South Africa Company and administrator of Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), and then Governor-General of Canada 1904–1911.

He withdrew from the Conference due to illness during December 1916 but not replaced, as the Speaker constantly hoped he might be able to return. He died of cancer in August 1917, after which his son the 5th Earl Grey voted in favour of women's suffrage during the passage of the Representation of the People Act 1918 in the House of Lords, and acted as teller. His daughter Lady Sybil Grey set up her home, Howick Hall in Northumberland, as a hospital during the First World War and did much other humanitarian work across Europe.

Title

A Chartered Administrator

Artist

After Spy (Leslie Ward)

Date

1898

Medium

Colour lithograph

Catalogue number

Parliamentary Art Collection, WOA 3310