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Baroness D`Souza elected speaker of House of Lords

Independent candidate Baroness D`Souza was elected as the speaker of the British House of Lords.



London: Independent candidate Baroness
D`Souza was today elected as the speaker of the prestigious
British House of Lords.

She edged out Lord Meghnad Desai and four others in a
keenly contested election. She succeeds Baroness Hayman.
She will take on the post in September, succeeding
Baroness Hayman.

She edged out Lord Meghnad Desai and four others in a
keenly contested election. She succeeds Baroness Hayman.
She will take on the post in September, succeeding
Baroness Hayman.

The Lord Speaker chairs daily business in the chamber
and is an ambassador for the House but has far fewer powers
than their Commons counterpart.

D`Souza was elected after four rounds of counting
under the alternative vote (AV) system, the BBC reported.

She defeated Tory peer Lord Colwyn in the final round
by 296 to 285 votes. The remaining candidates - Lib Dem peers
Lord Redesdale and Baroness Harris of Richmond, Labour`s Lord
Desai and Conservative Lord Goodlad - were eliminated in that
order in earlier rounds.

At an election hustings earlier this month, D`Souza
said she saw the main function of the role to make Parliament
"more accessible" and to represent the Lords while "protecting
the security and the reputation of the House".

D`Souza was elected as convener of the group of cross
bench peers - who do not take the whip of any political party
- in 2007.

She played a leading role earlier this year in trying
to broker a compromise between the Lords and the Commons
during an acrimonious stand-off over the AV referendum and
proposed parliamentary boundary changes. She has also served
on the Lords procedure and privileges committees.

She will chair her first session from the woolsack on
September 5.

PTI

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