Michael Martin, Former Commons Speaker, Dies at the Age of 72

Michael Martin, who was the Speaker of the House of Commons from 2000 until 2009, when he resigned following his handling of the MP expenses scandal. He had been a Labour MP since 1979 for Glasgow Springburn before taking on the Speakership, and he kept that constituency as an independent until 2005, when he became the MP for Glasgow North East until he resigned. He was then elevated to the Peerage as Baron Martin of Springburn, sitting as a crossbench Lord.

Martin took a leave of absence from the House of Lords in September 2017 and died on 29 April 2018, following a short illness.