Lindsay Hoyle

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Sir Lindsay Hoyle

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Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons
Chairman of Ways and Means
Assumed office
8 June 2010
SpeakerJohn Bercow
Preceded bySir Alan Haselhurst
Member of Parliament
for Chorley
Assumed office
1 May 1997
Preceded byDen Dover
Majority7,512 (13.5%)
Personal details
Born (1957-06-10) 10 June 1957 (age 61)
Chorley, Lancashire, England
Political partyLabour
Catherine Swindley (m. 1993)
RelationsDoug Hoyle (father)

Sir Lindsay Harvey Hoyle (born 10 June 1957)[1] is a British Labour Party politician who has been the member of parliament (MP) for Chorley since 1997. He is the son of Doug Hoyle,[1][2] a former Labour MP for Warrington North. He was elected as Chairman of Ways and Means and Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons in a secret ballot on 8 June 2010.[3]

He is President of the All-Party British Gibraltar Group in Parliament and Chairman of the All Party British Virgin Islands Group.[1][4]

Early life[edit]

Hoyle went to Anderton County Primary School, and the independent Lord's College, Bolton.[1][5] Prior to being elected into Parliament, he ran his own screen printing business.[6]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Hoyle was the first Labour politician to represent Chorley at Westminster in eighteen years. Prior to Parliament, he was a Councillor on Chorley Borough Council from 1980 to 1998. Hoyle also held the post of Deputy Leader from 1994 to 1997, and finished his time of the Council as Mayor from 1997 to 1998.[1] In February 1996, he was officially chosen to stand as a candidate for the following year's general election, in which he won.[7]

Hoyle was one of the 1997 Labour intake of MPs, winning a majority of 7,625.[8] He later served as a member of the House of Commons Trade and Industry Committee from 1998 to 2010.[1]

Hoyle was appointed a Knight Bachelor in the 2018 New Year Honours for parliamentary and political services.[9]

Chairman of Ways and Means[edit]

Hoyle was elected Chairman of Ways and Means and Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons on 8 June 2010,[1] the first time this appointment had been made by ballot of MPs, rather than by nomination of the Leader of the House.[3] He was appointed to the Privy Council in January 2013.[10]

On 20 March 2013, he won wide public acclaim for his handling of the Budget proceedings, which were frequently interrupted by jeering MPs.[11]

In February 2017, he told off SNP MPs for singing "Ode to Joy," the official EU anthem, during the vote for the Brexit Bill in the House of Commons.[12] The same night, he had a clash with former First Minister, Alex Salmond, in a heated exchange over whether he had cut off an SNP MP while speaking.[13]

In March 2017, Hoyle called on social media companies to take swifter action to crack down on offensive posts, arguing it deters Jewish and Muslim women from becoming MPs.[14]

Hoyle was in the Speaker's Chair during the terrorist attack in Westminster on 22 March 2017, and the subsequent suspension and lockdown of the Commons.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Hoyle married Catherine Swindley in June 1993 in Chorley; he had one daughter.[16]

His only daughter, Natalie Lewis-Hoyle (whose mother was Conservative Councillor Miriam Lewis[17]) died suddenly in December 2017, aged 28.[18]

Away from politics, he is a supporter of his local football league team, Bolton Wanderers. [19]

Diana, Princess of Wales tributes[edit]

In the days after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in August 1997, Hoyle asked for a new national children's hospital to be built as a memorial to her.[20] A few days later, Hoyle wrote to airport operator BAA, operators of London Heathrow Airport, urging them to change the airport's name to Diana, Princess of Wales Airport.[21] Neither proposal was carried out.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g 'HOYLE, Hon. Lindsay (Harvey)', Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2012 ; online edn, Nov 2012 accessed 31 Dec 2012
  2. ^ Burkes Peerage
  3. ^ a b Deputy Speakers: Hoyle, Primarolo and Evans elected BBC News, 8 June 2010
  4. ^ Register of All Party Groups UK Parliament
  5. ^ "Home".
  6. ^ "Women shortlist veto". 4 January 1996. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Labour's Lindsay is election choice". 15 February 1996. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  8. ^ "UK Polling Report – Chorley". UK Polling Report (Anthony Wells). Retrieved 6 September 2008.
  9. ^ "No. 62150". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 2017. p. N2.
  10. ^ "Downing street announcement". Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  11. ^ "Outspoken Deputy Speaker wins public acclaim".
  12. ^ "SNP MPs told off for singing Ode To Joy during Brexit Bill vote". 9 February 2017. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  13. ^ "There was a proper barney in Parliament over Brexit between SNP and Deputy Speaker". 7 February 2017. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  14. ^ "Jewish and Muslim women MPs 'face most abuse' - BBC News". Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  15. ^ Lindsay Hoyle (22 March 2017). "Sitting suspended". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). House of Commons. col. 902.
  16. ^ "Deputy speaker Lindsay Hoyle's daughter found hanged in bedroom, inquest hears". 22 December 2017. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  17. ^ "Commons deputy speaker Lindsay Hoyle 'devastated' by daughter's death". Guardian Newspaper. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  18. ^ "Commons Deputy Speaker Lindsay Hoyle Mourns After Daughter Natalie Lewis-Hoyle Dies Suddenly Aged 28". Retrieved 2017-12-16.
  19. ^ Hart, Simon (2001-12-08). "Inside Sport: Split looms over transfer windows". Telegraph. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  20. ^ "MP calls for Diana children's hospital". The Bolton News. Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  21. ^ "Members of Parliament in Lancashire". Lancashire Telegraph. Retrieved 10 April 2013.

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Den Dover
Member of Parliament for Chorley
Preceded by
Sir Alan Haselhurst
Chairman of Ways and Means