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Speakers join parliamentarians and staff ‘to thank our NHS'

4 July 2020

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The Houses of Parliament was one of many national landmarks to light up in blue to celebrate the 72nd birthday of the NHS on Saturday evening.

This year's anniversary was one of thanks to health service staff who have worked so hard to care for patients suffering from COVID-19 – but also one of remembrance for all those who have died during the pandemic.

Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the House of Commons, said: “Day after day for the last four months, our NHS staff have been the heroes of the hour – looking after our friends and family at very great risk to themselves.

“I am delighted we can join in the national celebration of their fearlessness, their dedication and sheer brilliance, while paying tribute to the many lives lost and the families that mourn them.”

Lord Fowler, Lord Speaker of the House of Lords, said: “I am very pleased that we in Parliament are able to join with the rest of the nation in thanking NHS staff for their tireless dedication during the current crisis, as well as remembering those who have lost loved ones.

“In these challenging times we have seen the best of our NHS and the brilliant staff who make it what it is. As I remember from my time as Health Secretary, we owe the most enormous debt to all those working inside the health service.”

Celebrating the NHS' 72nd birthday

The Houses of Parliament lit up in NHS blue from 21:30 on Saturday, 4 July. Other public buildings that followed suit included: 10 Downing Street, the Royal Albert Hall, London Eye, National Gallery, the Shard, White Hart Lane, Wembley Stadium, Blackpool Tower, Chorley Clock Tower and Birmingham Library.

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What is the Speaker's role?

The Speaker of the House of Commons chairs debates in the Commons chamber. The holder of this office is an MP who has been elected to be Speaker by other Members of Parliament. During debates they keep order and call MPs to speak.

Who is the Speaker?

Sir Lindsay Hoyle was elected House of Commons Speaker on 4 November 2019.

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