Biographies of Deputy Speakers

The Rt Hon Lindsay Hoyle MP – Chairman of Ways and Means

Lindsay was elected Labour Member of Parliament for Chorley in 1997. Before entering Parliament, he served on Chorley Borough Council, being the youngest ever councillor to serve in Chorley when elected in 1980, at the age of 22. During his time on Chorley Borough Council, Lindsay acted as Chairman of the Economic Development Committee and initiated plans for the redevelopment of the Royal Ordnance site now better known as Buckshaw Village.

He also held the post of Deputy Leader from 1994 to 1997, and his time on the council finished on a high as Mayor of Chorley from 1997 to 1998.
During his time in Parliament, he was a member of the Trade and Industry Select Committee and campaigned on a number of on issues of concern to him, including defence, farming, trade and industry and tourism.

In 2010 Lindsay was re-elected, to represent Chorley at Westminster for the fourth time. Following this, he went on to become the first-ever elected Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons and Chairman of Ways and Means.  Amongst Lindsay's other duties in the house he chairs the budget debate.

Outside of politics Lindsay likes to relax at home with his wife Catherine, who is a local borough Councillor. He enjoys reading, watching sport and in particular rugby league. As former Chairman of Chorley Rugby League Club, the game remains his personal favourite.

Eleanor Laing MP – First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means

Eleanor has been the Member of Parliament for Epping Forest since 1997. She was educated in Kilmacolm, Renfewshire before receiving a BA and LLB from Edinburgh University.
She worked as a solicitor in Edinburgh and the City of London between 1983 and 1989 and fought the election in Paisley North in 1987,  before becoming a special advisor to John MacGregor MP from 1989 to 1994.

After becoming a Member of Parliament, Eleanor sat on the Education and Employment Committee from 1997 to 1998, and the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee from 1998 to 1999 before becoming Opposition Whip in 1999. She was subsequently appointed to the post of Shadow Minister for Children in 2003, for Women, from 2004 to 2007, and  Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland in 2005. Eleanor was also Shadow Minister for Women and Equality from 2005 to 2007, and for Justice from 2007 to 2010.

Eleanor returned to the backbenches in the 2010 Parliament and has since served as a Member of the Speakers' Working Group on All-Party Groups from 2011 to 2012, and the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission 2012 to 2013. She was also a member of the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee from 2010 to 2013, the Joint Committee on Human Rights (2010), the Joint Committee on the Draft House of Lords Reform Bill from 2011 to 2012, the Joint Committee on Parliamentary Privilege (2013) and the Scottish Affairs Committee (2013).

On 16 October 2013, Eleanor was elected as First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means following the resignation of Nigel Evans MP.

Dame Rosie Winterton MP – Second Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means

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