Speaker of the House of Commons

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The Speaker of the House of the Commons is the presiding officer of the House of Commons, the United Kingdom's elected chamber of Parliament. The current Speaker is IndigoRolo, who succeeded Zoto888 in April 2017.

The Speaker presides over the House's debates, determining which members may speak. The Speaker is also responsible for maintaining order during debate, and may punish members who break the rules of the House. They do not take part in debate or vote (except to break ties; and even then, the convention is that the speaker casts the tie-breaking vote in favour of the status quo). Aside from duties relating to presiding over the House, the Speaker also acts as a member of the triumvirate alongside the Lord Speaker and Head Moderator, and is the official adjudicator over election results.

History

The position of Speaker is just as old as MHOC itself. In fact, the first Speaker of the Model House of Commons, Timanfya, devised the concept of a model British Parliament, and oversaw its enactment. In the early days of the Commons, the Speaker did not rely upon deputies to carry out adminstrative duties, instead acting as the sole official of parliamentary and moderation duties. However, as the simulation grew, the Speaker felt that he could not operate as a lone invigilator, and chose to appoint a Chairman of Ways & Means in August 2014, in the form of ThinkingLiberal, and later future Speaker, RoryTime. Over time, Timanfya extended his speakership to multiple individuals, appointing several Deputy Speakers to act alongside himself, controlling parliamentary proceedings whilst allowing the Speaker to moderate effectively.

However, all good things must come to an end, and it was in July 2015 that Timanfya stood down to become Head Moderator, with the introduction of the House of Lords allowing for the formation of a triumvirate to govern over MHOC. His replacement was his long-time understudy, RoryTime, whose spell in charge of the simulation was marred by infighting over meta complications, and the forcing through of adminstrative changes without community approval. As such, RoryTime quickly resigned as Speaker, after a period of just under three months, leading to Timanfya taking charge of MHOC once more on a temporary basis, whilst a replacement was found. That replacement came in the form of Lord Speaker and former Prime Minister, athanaton.