Who do YOU want to replace John Bercow as House of Commons Speaker? – Express.co.uk poll

Posted on Sep 11 2019 - 3:25am by admin

Due to the carefully calculated timing of the Buckingham MP’s departure the chances of installing a Brexiteer to the chair are slim. This is because the vote to elect a replacement is now likely to happen before a general election which means Boris Johnson will not have a majority to back a pro-Brexit candidate.

Mr Bercow’s emotional resignation speech on Monday, hours before Parliament was prorogued for five weeks, drew applause from the opposition benches but few Tory MPs rose for the standing ovation.

Mr Bercow is seen as a somewhat unpopular figure among many Conservatives for anti-Brexit comments he has made in the past.

So who do you think should be the next Commons’ highest officer to oversee MPs’ debates and keep order in the chamber? Vote in our poll below.

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Commons Speaker John Bercow will step down after 10 years on October 31 (Image: AFP/GETTY)

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Do you think Tory stalwart Ken Clarke should be Speaker of the House (Image: REUTERS)

After 10 years in the chair, Mr Bercow will resign at the end of what he predicts to be a “quite lively” week after the votes on the Queen’s speech.

Among those who have already declared they are running in the race include former minister Harriet Harman and Deputy Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle.

Fellow Deputy Speakers Eleanor Laing and Dame Rosie Winterton are also in the race.

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Fomre Labour minister Harriet Harman is running for the top job (Image: PA)

Ms Harman and Mr Hoyle, both Labour MPs, are the bookies’ favourites to win the top spot.

And in an email to fellow MPs, Labour MP for Rhondda Chris Bryant announced his intention to stand.

He vowed to reduce Prime Minister’s Question time to half an hour, call on colleagues in an order of relevance rather than seniority and promised to be a Speaker who “only speaks when necessary”.

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Do you think Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg would make a good Speaker? (Image: PA)

Once elected, the Speaker is expected to resign from his or her political party and remain impartial.

Prominent parties usually do not field candidates against the Speaker in a general election, with the person in the chair standing as “the Speaker seeking re-election”.

Last week the Tories announced they were planning on breaking with tradition by contesting Mr Bercow’s seat.

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Mr Bercow will resign on the day the UK is scheduled to leave the EU (Image: Express)

Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom made the announcement as she accused Mr Bercow of breaking Parliament rules by allowing backbenchers to take control of the Commons agenda.

She called his decision to allow a vote “a flagrant abuse” of Standing Order Number 24, the Parliamentary code for emergency debates.

To be elected Speaker, a candidate must have the backing of at least 12 MPs, three of whom are from a different political party.

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Deputy Speaker Eleanor Laing, Conservative MP for Epping Forest, hopes to win the election (Image: GETTY)

They must submit their nomination papers, signed by their backers, to Commons authorities by 10.30am on the day of the vote.

By 11am the names of all those running in the race will be published before a hustings is held at 2.30pm giving the potential speakers the chance to sell themselves in a speech before MPs cast their votes. I

If no single candidate receives at least half the vote the person with the fewest votes or those with less than five percent are eliminated.

MPs continue voting until one candidates secures 50 percent of the vote.

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