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Speaker's initiatives

To help make Parliament relevant to a wider audience, the Speaker supports or runs a varied programme of initiatives.

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Roots to Parliament

The Roots to Parliament programme is a new initiative by the Speaker to celebrate the rich and diverse history of the community of people engaged in various roles at the House of Commons.

So far our Roots to Parliament stories have covered connections to the Commonwealth and celebrated Inter Faith Week by asking MPs and staff across Parliament what faith and religion means to them.

Speaker's Flagpoles

The three flagpoles in New Palace Yard were officially unveiled by the Speaker on 8 March 2021.

On most days, the Union flag will fly from all three flagpoles. The flagpoles will also be used to celebrate or mark significant national events.

Speaker's Corner

This is a growing collection of short videos of the Speaker in conversation with members of the Parliamentary community.

UK Youth Parliament House of Commons Sitting

Since 2010 the Speaker has sponsored the UK Youth Parliament Sitting in the House of Commons.

The debate is chaired by the Speaker or a Deputy Speaker; this follows a nation-wide vote on what Members of the Youth Parliament should debate and campaign on.

You can watch previous sittings of the Youth Parliament on YouTube: