Michael Palmer (politician)
Michael Anthony Palmer (born 14 July 1968) is a Singaporean lawyer and former politician. He served as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Singapore's governing People's Action Party (PAP) from 2006 to 2012, and was the Speaker of the House in the Parliament of Singapore from October 2011 to December 2012.
Michael Anthony Palmer
|8th Speaker of the Parliament of Singapore|
10 October 2011 – 12 December 2012
|President||Tony Tan Keng Yam|
|Prime Minister||Lee Hsien Loong|
Seah Kian Peng
|Preceded by||Abdullah Tarmugi|
|Succeeded by||Halimah Yacob|
|Constituency||Punggol East SMC|
|Member of the Singapore Parliament|
for Punggol East SMC
7 May 2011 – 12 December 2012
|Succeeded by||Lee Li Lian (WP)|
|Member of the Singapore Parliament|
for Pasir Ris–Punggol GRC(Punggol East)
6 May 2006 – 18 April 2011
|Preceded by||Charles Chong (PAP)|
|Born||14 July 1968|
|Political party||People's Action Party (2006–2013)|
|Parents||Vernon Palmer (father, a local news presenter)|
|Alma mater||University College London|
Palmer was elected a Member of Parliament (MP) for the Pasir Ris–Punggol Group Representation Constituency (Pasir Ris–Punggol GRC) in the 2006 general election.
Palmer served as the Chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Defence and Foreign Affairs from 2008 to 2011, and as the Chairman of the Home Affairs and Law committee in 2011.
At the 2011 general election, Palmer was elected as the MP for Punggol East Single Member Constituency after defeating Lee Li Lian of the Workers' Party and Desmond Lim of the Singapore Democratic Alliance. Palmer was then nominated by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for the post of Speaker of Parliament, and was elected to this role by the House on 10 October 2011.
Extramarital affair and resignation
Palmer announced his resignation as Speaker of Parliament and MP for Punggol East (as well as from the PAP) on 12 December 2012 due to an extra-marital affair with Laura Ong Hui Hoon, constituency director of the People's Association (PA) office in Pasir Ris–Punggol GRC. At a press conference, alongside Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, Palmer admitted he had made "a grave mistake" and that it was "a serious error of judgment". He resigned "in order to avoid further embarrassment". The PA staff member concerned also resigned. The PAP subsequently lost the by-election in Palmer's Punggol East constituency in January 2013 when Lee Li Lian of the Workers' Party (who Palmer had defeated in the 2011 general election) won the seat, defeating the PAP's candidate Koh Poh Koon.
Palmer was also the Chairman of the National Police Cadet Corps (NPCC) Council. He was replaced by Assistant Commissioner Zuraidah as Covering Chairperson after the scandal.
Palmer attended the St Andrew's family of schools – St Andrew's Junior School, St Andrew's Secondary School and St Andrew's Junior College – which is affiliated to the Anglican Church of Singapore. He later read law in University College London and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) in 1992.
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