U.K.’s new speaker of the Commons dragged to his chair

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The United Kingdom’s House of Commons has elected a new speaker, a vital position responsible for chairing debates and defending parliamentarians. As per tradition, Sir Lindsay Hoyle was dragged to his chair, a custom signifying the historic danger of a position that included delivering unfavorable messages from Parliament to the monarch. Seven Speakers were executed between 1394 and 1535. The job’s a lot safer now, and Sir Lindsay was congratulated by leaders from across the political spectrum.