Tory MP makes history with first ever virtual maiden speech

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

A Conservative MP has made history by becoming the first ever parliamentarian to deliver a maiden speech remotely.

Sara Britcliffe, the Conservatives’ youngest member, vowed to be a “bloody difficult woman” as she addressed the Commons via Zoom from her constituency in Lancashire.

The 25-year-old Hyndburn and Haslingden MP spoke of her mission to boost funding for the north, promising to adopt a “no-nonsense” approach.

She said “I always said I got into politics to serve the community that I love and have lived in all of my life.

“And I always said I’d somehow redefine what it meant to be a constituency MP, so along with making history as the first female MP for the area, and the youngest Conservative MP in the country, I’m the first Member of Parliament ever to make their maiden speech remotely from their own home.

“I do this as I wanted to stay here, rooted into my community, to rise to the challenges we face because, I've always said, we’re stronger together.”

Ms Britcliffe took the seat Hyndburn and Haslingden from Labour for the first time in more than 20 years in the December general election.

MPs are required to make a maiden speech after they are elected, in which they speak about their constituency and what they hope to achieve.

Ms Britcliffe was force to contribute virtually as currently a maximum of 50 MPs are allowed in the Chamber under social distancing rules.

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