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New speaker's chaplain welcomed into the House of Commons

by Heather Preston
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St Pauls

The speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, has welcomed his new chaplain.

Reverend Canon Patricia Hillas replaces Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin as the 80th person to hold the role and the second female speaker's chaplain from a BAME background.

Speaking on 24th February, Hoyle said: "Before questions, I am sure the whole House will wish to welcome Tricia Hillas - she is in the Under-Gallery - as the new Speaker's Chaplain. 

"Her appointment follows Rose Hudson-Wilkin's elevation to be the Bishop of Dover. Most recently, Tricia was Canon Pastor at St Paul's Cathedral. 

"All honourable members and others in the parliamentary community look forward to welcoming Tricia, and the pastoral care and spiritual support she will give us. Welcome, and please enjoy!"

The chaplain to the speaker conducts daily prayers in the chamber as well as the weekly eucharist in the chapel of St Mary Undercroft in Westminster. 

It is also the role of the chaplain to provide pastoral care to both MPs and staff at Westminster.

Prior to her new appointment, Reverend Canon Patricia Hillas was the Canon Pastor at St Paul's Cathedral for six years.

Commenting on her appointment last year, Hillas said she was "thrilled and excited" to be taking over from Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin.

She continued: "I am very keen to immerse myself in Parliament and to support the work of staff and MPs whose decisions have a real and lasting impact on communities across the UK."

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