Lindsay Hoyle

The Right Honourable
Lindsay Hoyle
Chairman of Ways and Means
Assumed office
8 June 2010
Speaker John Bercow
Preceded by Sir Alan Haselhurst
Member of Parliament
for Chorley
Assumed office
1 May 1997
Preceded by Den Dover
Majority 4,530 (8.8%)
Personal details
Born (1957-06-10) 10 June 1957
Chorley, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Catherine, née Swindley
Relations The Lord Hoyle (father)
Residence Chorley and London
Occupation Politician
Religion Church of England

Lindsay Harvey Hoyle (born 10 June 1957[1]) is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Chorley since 1997. He is the son of Doug Hoyle,[1][2] a former Labour MP for Warrington North.

He was elected as Chairman of Ways and Means and Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons in a secret ballot on 8 June 2010.[3] He is President of the All-Party British Gibraltar Group in Parliament and Chairman of the All Party British Virgin Islands Group.[1][4]

Early life

Hoyle went to Anderton County Primary School, and the independent Lord's College, Bolton.[1][5]

Parliamentary career

Hoyle was the first Labour politician to represent Chorley at Westminster in 18 years. Prior to Parliament, he was a Councillor on Chorley Borough Council from 1980 to 1998. Hoyle also held the post of Deputy Leader from 1994 to 1997 and finished his time of the Council as Mayor from 1997 to 1998.[1]

Hoyle was one of the 1997 Labour intake of MPs winning a majority of 7,625.[6] He later served as a member of the House of Commons Trade and Industry Committee from 1998 to 2010.[1]

Hoyle was elected Chairman of Ways and Means and Deputy Speaker on 8 June 2010,[1] the first time this appointment had been made by ballot of MPs rather than by nomination of the Leader of the House.[3] He was appointed to the Privy Council in January 2013.[7]

On 20 March 2013 he won some acclaim for his handling of the Budget proceedings, which were frequently interrupted by jeering MPs.[8]

Personal life

Hoyle married Catherine Swindley in June 1993 in Chorley; they have two daughters.

Diana, Princess of Wales tributes

In the days after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in August 1997, Mr Hoyle asked for a new national children's hospital to be built as a memorial to her. A few days later Mr Hoyle wrote to airport operator BAA, operators of London Heathrow airport, urging them to change the airport's name to Diana, Princess of Wales Airport.[9] Neither proposal was carried out.


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 'HOYLE, Hon. Lindsay (Harvey)', Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2012 ; online edn, Nov 2012 accessed 31 Dec 2012
  3. 1 2 Deputy Speakers: Hoyle, Primarolo and Evans elected BBC News, 8 June 2010
  4. Register of All Party Groups UK Parliament
  6. Chorley "UK Polling Report – Chorley" Check |url= value (help). UK Polling Report (Anthony Wells). Retrieved 6 September 2008.
  7. "Downing street announcement". Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  9. "Members of Parliament in Lancashire". Lancashire Telegraph. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Den Dover
Member of Parliament for Chorley
Preceded by
Sir Alan Haselhurst
Chairman of Ways and Means
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