John Bercow '85 per cent responsible for chaos' in Parliament

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Kate Hoey has said she was "delighted" at the appointment of Sir Lindsay Hoyle as the new Speaker of the House of Commons.

The Labour MP said John Bercow, who stepped down from the role on October 31, had been "85 per cent responsible for chaos and dreadful behaviour" in Parliament.

"I'm very delighted about the new Speaker. That will make a huge difference," Ms Hoey told talkRADIO's Julia Hartley-Brewer.

"We have had a Speaker who, I believe, is 85 per cent responsible for the chaos and dreadful behaviour in Parliament."

Brexiteer Ms Hoey has been a long-time critic of the former Speaker, calling his resignation the “one little bit of light on the horizon” in the Brexit saga.

She continued: "I think the new Speaker is a breath of fresh air and someone who people respect and is genuinely going to be not biased in one direction or the other."

WATCH: Sir Lindsay Hoyle is dragged to the Speaker's chair after winning vote

After four rounds of voting in the Commons last night, Sir Lindsay was chosen by MPs to take on the role previously held by Mr Bercow for ten years.

The Chorley MP beat contender Chris Bryant in the final ballot with 325 votes to 213.

Upon his victory, he pledged to change the House of Commons "for the better".

"It's been a long night, I don't want to keep you anymore but I do stand by what I've said. This House will change, but it will change for the better," he told MPs.

In line with tradition, the Labour MP was then dragged to the chair by Tory MP Nigel Evans and Labour's Caroline Flint.

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