CollectionBernard Weatherill Papers
TitleSpeaker of the House of Commons
Extent18 files
DescriptionIn 1983 Weatherill was chosen by his fellow Members of Parliament as the Speaker of the House of Commons. It was generally well known at the time that he was not the first choice of the Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, but his appointment otherwise seems to have been a popular one. Although his relations with Mrs Thatcher were to have been strained at times, he quickly gained a reputation for being fair and evenhanded. This is particularly true with back-benchers whose rights to speak in debates he protected when possible. He was re-elected as Speaker in 1987 following the General Election, and managed to stave off an attempts from within the Conservative Party to replace him in 1988. His relationship with John Major as Prime Minister was an easier one and his position continued on an easy footing until the General Election of 1992 when he resigned.
NotesPrevious reference number: WEA/PP S
SubjectParliamentary debates
PhysicalDescription18 files
ArrangementThe files in this section are not a consistent series, but cover a variety of issues and functions. The bulk of his work is covered in the Engagement File series, WEA/PP E and the Hansard Files WEA/PP H. Some of the files in this section appear to have been extracted from these two series to cover a particular theme or to form a reference file with constant additions. Several items have attached notes of explanation added by Weatherill as he left office, and as always there are contemporary annotations in his hand. The arrangement of the catalogue is as follows: Letters of Congratulations and Thanks, Administrative Files, Reference Files, Subject Files, Miscellaneous Files.
Related PersonThatcher, Margaret Hilda (1925-2013) Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven, Prime Minister
Related OrganisationConservative Party
House of Commons
Related PlaceNorthern Ireland
Access conditionsThis material is available for consultation at the University of Kent's Special Collections & Archives reading room, Templeman Library, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NU (
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