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Working with the Speaker

Meet the people who support the Speaker and find out what they do.

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Dame Eleanor Laing MP – Deputy Speaker/Chairman of Ways and Means

The Chairman of Ways and Means is the principal Deputy Speaker and began to formally deputise from 1853.

Dame Rosie Winterton MP – Deputy Speaker / First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means

They may take the Chair in the absence of the Chairmen of Ways and Means and exercise all the authority of the Speaker.

Nigel Evans MP – Deputy Speaker / Second Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means

They may take the Chair in the absence of the Chairmen of Ways and Means and exercise all the authority of the Speaker.

Helen Wood – Speaker's Secretary and Chief of Staff

Acts as the right-hand to the Speaker and is an ancient office in its own right.

Revd Patricia Hillas - Speaker's Chaplain

Appointed by the Speaker, the Chaplain conducts daily prayers in the Commons and provides pastoral care to Members and staff.

Jim Davey - The Speaker's Trainbearer

Attends the Speaker and perhaps originated in more violent times when Speakers had need of bodyguards.

Ugbana Oyet - Serjeant at Arms

The office of Serjeant at Arms dates back to 1415 and the reign of Henry V when the Serjeant was responsible for carrying out the orders of the House of Commons.