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Speaker’s Statement

Volume 696: debated on Thursday 10 June 2021

Before I call the shadow Leader of the House to ask the business question, I would like to take the opportunity to put on record the House’s thanks to Tony Reay, who retired this week after 43 years of service in the House. Tony worked first in the craft and maintenance team as a carpenter. Since 2001, Tony has worked in the security team, where he was a security officer. He was a popular member of the team with colleagues, Members and visitors alike. As one of his colleagues said:

“I’ve seen staff and public entering with a frown only to experience the Reay way and then they would be leaving with a beaming smile or a howl of laughter. He will certainly be missed by his Security family and staff of the house.”

I am sure we would all like to wish Tony a very long and happy retirement. [Hon. Members: “Hear, hear.”]