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Adrian Ramsay, Waveney Valley MP and Green Party co-leader, makes first speech in Parliament





The East of England’s first Green MP Adrian Ramsay has made his maiden speech in Parliament.

New and incumbent MPs gathered in the House of Commons yesterday afternoon for the first time since last week’s General Election.

The meeting saw several formalities being dealt with, including the swearing-in part of the 650 total members and the election of the Speaker of the House of Commons — once again a role entrusted to Sir Lindsay Hoyle.

Also included were party leaders’ first speeches since the new Labour Government was formed, including Adrian Ramsay, who is the Green Party’s co-leader and, as of last Thursday, the representative for the new Waveney Valley constituency.

In his brief speech, Mr Ramsay began by congratulating Sir Lindsay Hoyle on his re-election before promising to represent his residents.

He said: “[Green and new MPs] we are very conscious that we are here first and foremost to be constituency MPs, to represent our residents, and we appreciate [Sir Lindsay Hoyle’s] support in enabling us to do that.

“I very much hope in this new Parliament we can all move to a less tribal form of politics, where we work together, where we can agree and move things forward in the national interest.”

Another session will take place later today to swear in Mr Ramsay and other MPs who did not get the chance to do so yesterday.