Election of Speaker of the House of Commons

Swiss Bob, Going Postal
Bullying, partisan jackanape. Will go down in history for all the wrong reasons.
John Bercow, Julian MasonLicence CC BY 2.0

Anyone hoping for someone better should be prepared to be disappointed. My bet’s on Bryant, Harperson is also an obvious candidate. Not since the Great Stink has Parliament been so malodorous.

Lindsay Hoyle is the favourite.

2.30 pm start.


Election of Speaker – Statements by candidates and election of new Speaker presided over by the Father of the House.

The Speaker of the House of Commons is the presiding officer of the House of Commons, the United Kingdom’s lower, but more influential, chamber of Parliament. John Bercow was elected Speaker on 22 June 2009, following the resignation of Michael Martin. He was since re-elected, unopposed, three times, following the general elections in 2010, 2015 and 2017. John Bercow had his last scheduled Commons sitting day as Speaker on 31 October 2019, his replacement will be elected by the House of Commons on Monday 4 November 2019.

The Speaker presides over the House’s debates, determining which members may speak. The Speaker is also responsible for maintaining order during debate, and may punish members who break the rules of the House. Unlike presiding officers of legislatures in many other countries, speakers remain strictly non-partisan and renounce all affiliation with their former political parties when taking office and afterwards. The Speaker does not take part in debate or vote (except to break ties; and even then, the convention is that the speaker casts the tie-breaking vote according to Speaker Denison’s rule). Aside from duties relating to presiding over the House, the Speaker also performs administrative and procedural functions, and remains a constituency Member of Parliament (MP). The Speaker has the right and obligation to reside in Speaker’s House at the Palace of Westminster.


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