File photo dated 03/06/2015 of Gerald Kaufman in the House of Commons. The Labour MP for Manchester Gorton and Father of The House of Commons, has died aged 86, a family spokesman said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday February 26, 2017. See PA story DEATH Kaufman. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
Gerald Kaufman, Labour MP for Manchester Gorton, has died aged 86 (Picture: Getty)

In light of the sad news that Sir Gerald Kaufman, Labour MP for Manchester Gorton and Father of the House of Commons, has died aged 86, people have been curious to know who his replacement will be.

The Father of the House of Commons is the title bestowed on the most senior member who has had the longest continuous service.

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If two or more members have been in service for the same amount of time, uninterrupted, then whoever was sworn in first is granted the title of Father of the House.

The only conventional leadership duty the Father of the House carries out is to oversee the election of a new Speaker, whenever the office becomes vacant.

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British Conservative politician Ken Clarke is the new Father of the House (Picture: Getty)

Although former chancellor Ken Clarke was also elected in June 1970, Sir Gerald held the title as he was sworn in first.

Now Ken Clarke is the new Father of the House – beating Dennis Skinner to the title as he was sworn in before the Bolsover MP.

At the other end of the scale, the Baby of the House (the youngest current MP) is the SNP’s Mhairi Black who was voted in at just 20-years-old in 2015.

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