SIR LINDSAY HOYLE has been elected as the new House of Commons Speaker, replacing John Bercow. But why did his first speech nearly cause him to break down in tears?
Sir Lindsay Hoyle has issued his first “order” as the chairman of the House of Commons. Sir Lindsay was chosen from seven candidates after four rounds of votes on Monday. He will now take on the role as the new Speaker. But why did his first speech in his new job cause him to almost break down into tears?
Sir Lindsay Hoyle was elected as the new Speaker in the House of Commons on Monday.
After he was dragged to his seat, a tradition in the House of Commons, he delivered a speech thanking his fellow MPs for their votes.
He however took a moment to remember somoene who unfortunately was not there, that he said he wished had been: his daughter Natalie Lewis-Hoyle.
But who was she and what exactly happened to her?
Sir Lindsay Hoyle paid tribute to his daughter Natalie, who died in 2017, saying she would “always be missed”.
In the House of Commons, he said: “I also want to say to my family, there is one difficult part that I want to get over, there is one person who is not here.
“My daughter Natalie, I wish she would have been here.
“We all miss her as a family – no one more so than her mum Mirimam
“She was everything to all of us. She will always be missed, but she will always be in our thoughts.”
Natalie Lewis-Hoyle was the daughter of the MP for Chorley, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, and Conservative Maldon District Councillor Miriam Lewis.
She died in December 2017, at the age of 28.
According to the inquest, Natalie was found hanged in Heybridge, Essex, on December 15.
Her mother Miriam said she had been reflecting on a troubled relationship before her death but was “finally coming to terms with the fact that it wasn’t going to go anywhere.”
Essex police said there were no suspicious circumstances or third-party involved in her death and this was accepted by the court.
Both of Natalie’s parents spoke about how they were concerned about their daughter’s state of mind but said she had expressed no intention to kill herself.
Miss Lewis-Hoyle had been collected by her mother from Hatfield Peverel railway station on December 14.
At the time, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the Labour MP for Chorley, said he believed what happened had been “a reaction to that phone call [which]had left somebody in a different state of mind than what they had been in [before]”.
Natalie’s mother, Ms Lewis said: “I’m afraid, for me, I accept that within the law as it stands at the time, there was no third-party involvement, but it’s not something that I am going to be able to put out of my head.”
She added her daughter had been in a “very toxic relationship”.
Ms Lewis said: “When somebody is in psychological torment, you don’t get the bruises and the fat lips and the black eyes.”
The coroner, Ms Beasley-Murray recorded an open conclusion.
She said: “We haven’t got all of the bits of the jigsaw. We will never quite know what was going through her mind, so that’s what I am going to record.”
Lewis-Hoyle had been the chairwoman of the environment committee at Heybridge parish council and was “clearly much loved”, the coroner said.
Hoyle said: “She was a person that loved life. She was life. She brought life to everybody.”
Lewis said: “She was a tiny person, a teeny, tiny person. She was a pocket rocket. She was just a whole bundle of energy.”