Horace King, Baron Maybray-King Politician

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Horace Maybray King, Baron Maybray-King, PC (25 May 1901 – 3 September 1986), was a British politician who served as a Labour Member of Parliament (MP) from 1950 until 1970 before becoming a life peer. Following the death of Harry Hylton-Foster in September 1965, King, who had served as deputy speaker for ten months, became the Speaker of the House of Commons. He was the first person from the Labour Party ever to hold this position. Horace King was born in Grangetown near Middlesbrough. His father John William King was an insurance salesman and Methodist local preacher. He was educated at Stockton Secondary School (Stockton-on-Tees) from 1912 to 1917 and never lost touch with these local roots. Horace attended King's College London and graduated with a first-class Bachelor's degree in English. Upon graduating in 1922 Mr King worked as a teacher in Taunton's school in Southampton. He became head of the English department in 1927. He left in 1947 to become headteacher of Regent's Park Grammar in 1947. Whilst working as a teacher, King studied part-time for his Ph.D. His thesis was on the Folios of Shakespeare. He received his doctorate from King's College London in 1940.

Personal details

Date of birth
May 25th, 1901
United Kingdom
Date of death
September 3rd, 1986 at age of 85


1. King's College London Colleges/University

King's College London (informally King's or KCL) is a public research university located in London, United Kingdom, and a constituent college of the federal University of London. King's has a claim to being the third-oldest university in England, having been founded by King George IV and the Duke of Wellington in 1829, receiving its royal charter in the same year. In 1836 King's became one of the two founding colleges of the University of London.

Type Public university
2013. 154 mil. £
2012. 131 mil. £
2010. 115 mil. £
Institution colors
Strand, WC2R 2LS - London, United Kingdom
2012. 14,997
2010. 12,320
2012. 10,190
2010. 6,310
Local tuition
2013. 9 K £
Official web page www.kcl.ac.uk
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Notable alumni by career
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People attended King's College London connected by profession and/or age

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Political engagements

Labour Party

Geographic scope

United Kingdom


Social democracy
Social liberalism


Official web page

Wikipedia article

The Labour Party is a centre-left political party in the United Kingdom. It grew out of the trade union movement and socialist political parties of the nineteenth century and has been described as a broad church; the party contains a diversity of ideological trends from strongly socialist, to more moderately social democratic. Founded in 1900, the Labour Party overtook the Liberal Party in general elections during the early 1920s and formed minority governments under Ramsay MacDonald in 1924 and 1929–31. The party was in a wartime coalition from 1940 to 1945, after which it formed a majority government under Clement Attlee. Labour was also in government from 1964 to 1970 under Harold Wilson and from 1974 to 1979, first under Wilson and then James Callaghan. The Labour Party was last in national government between 1997 and 2010 under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, beginning with a landslide majority of 179, reduced to 167 in 2001 and 66 in 2005. Having won 258 seats in the 2010 general election, the party currently forms the Official Opposition in the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

Other members

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Goverment positions 2

Deputy Speaker


Other position holders


Speaker of the House of Commons


The Speaker of the House of Commons is the presiding officer of the House of Commons, the United Kingdom's lower chamber of Parliament. The current Speaker is John Bercow, who was elected on 22 June 2009, following the resignation of Michael Martin. He was returned as an MP in the 2010 general election and was re-elected as Speaker when the House sat at the start of the new Parliament on 18 May 2010. The Speaker presides over the House's debates, determining which members may speak. The Speaker is also responsible for maintaining order during debate, and may punish members who break the rules of the House. Unlike presiding officers of legislatures in many other countries, the Speaker remains strictly non-partisan, and renounces all affiliation with his or her former political party when taking office. The Speaker does not take part in debate nor vote. Aside from duties relating to presiding over the House, the Speaker also performs administrative and procedural functions, and remains a constituency Member of Parliament. The Speaker has the right and obligation to reside in Speaker's House at the Palace of Westminster.

Written work

1.Before Hansard

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1969. at New York City


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