FILE PHOTO: Speaker of the House, Sir Lindsay Hoyle speaks during a service to honour Sir David Amess at St Margaret’s church on October 18, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Jonathan Brady – WPA Pool / Getty Images)
“I hope her election — and her place in history –- will encourage more women to consider becoming parliamentarians,” Hoyle told the Cypriot parliament.
Hoyle recalled how two serving British lawmakers had been killed in recent years; Labour MP Jo Cox who was stabbed and shot by a right-wing extremist in 2016, and Conservative MP David Amess, stabbed to death while meeting constituents in October.
“We must do all we can to stop the hate-speech that can be the catalyst to awful events such as these,” said Hoyle, a former Labour MP.
Just over a third of British MPs are women.
“In the 2019 general election in the UK, 220 women were elected -– the highest ever proportion of female MPs –- but out of an elected body of 650 MPs, that is still not enough,” Hoyle said.
Hoyle said his goal was “to make debate both inside and outside the chamber more respectful and tolerant, to set an example to the wider world.”