ARCHIVE: Betty Boothroyd on becoming first woman Speaker in 1992

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On the 30th anniversary of Betty Boothroyd being elected the Commons’ first woman Speaker, here is some of her acceptance speech.

The Labour MP for West Bromwich – who would give up her party allegiance on taking the role – said she should be selected for “what I am, and not for what I was born”.

Her speech from 1992 echoes issues in Parliament in 2022, where there are new claims of sexism and misogyny.

Life in Politics: Speaker and Labour MP Betty Boothroyd



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