Definition of Father of the House in English:

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Father of the House


(In the UK) the member of the House of Commons with the longest continuous service.
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  • He was Father of the House of Commons, the longest-serving Member of Parliament, from 1992 until 2001.
  • Parliamentary historians claim the Father of the House is customarily afforded the honour, although governments are not obliged to follow the tradition.
  • He said: ‘I think I am the first Father of the House ever to have been asked to go from the Chamber and I feel very, very strongly about it.’

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