Sir Lindsay Hoyle elected new Commons Speaker

Monday, November 4, 2019

MPs have voted on who they want to become the next Speaker of the House of Commons.

Seven candidates entered the race this morning and after four ballots, the results are in.


20:20 - Sir Lindsay Hoyle elected new Commons Speaker

Labour MP Sir Lindsay Hoyle has been elected as the new Speaker in the House of Commons after four rounds of voting.

Of 540 votes cast Sir Lindsay beat beat fellow Labour MP Chris Bryant in the final ballot this evening with 325 votes to 213 - with two spoiled ballot papers.

Upon his victory Mr Hoyle said: "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".

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

The Prime Minister thanked Father of the House Ken Clarke for conducting proceedings and said he believed the new Speaker would bring his "signature kindness and reasonableness to our proceedings".


19:15 - Sir Lindsay Hoyle vs. Chris Bryant in final race

Sir Lindsay Hoyle and Chris Bryant will now go head to head in the final ballot for the role.

Dame Eleanor Laing received the fewest votes in the third ballot and was eliminated.

The House cast 565 votes, with two spoiled papers, and the results were:

  • Sir Lindsay Hoyle - 267
  • Chris Bryant - 169
  • Dame Eleanor Laing - 127 - eliminated

Since no one received a majority, the two Labour MPs will go through to a final vote.

Ken Clarke, who is chairing the event, offered each candidate 10 minutes to withdraw from the race.

Underdog Chris Bryant then addressed colleagues saying: "It might save the House 10 minutes if I just sadi that I'm not going to withdraw at this point."

Mr Clarke said this was a "considerable courtesy to the House" and moved to the final vote. 


17:45 - Second ballot results

Three candidates remain in the Speaker contest after the second round of voting.

Deputy Speaker Dame Rosie Winterton was eliminated after receiving the fewest votes and Labour's Harriet Harman withdrew her candidacy.

The second ballot saw 575 votes cast and the results were:

  • Sir Lindsay Hoyle - 244
  • Dame Eleanor Laing - 122
  • Chris Bryant - 120
  • Harriet Harman - 59 - withdrawn
  • Dame Rosie Winterton - 30 - eliminated

A third ballot will now take place where MPs will choose between the remaining three candidates.


16:15 - Meg Hillier and Edward Leigh eliminated

Labour's Meg Hillier and Conservative Sir Edward Leigh have been eliminated from the race to become the next speaker after receiving less that five per cent of the vote in the first round.

Out of a total of 562 ballots, Ms Hillier received the fewest with 10, automatically eliminating her.

Sir Edward received 12 so was knocked out on the basis that it was less than the five per cent required to got through to the next ballot.

Sir Lindsay Hoyle remains the front runner with 211 votes.

The first round results were:

  • Sir Lindsay Hoyle - 211
  • Dame Eleanor Laing - 113
  • Chris Bryant - 98
  • Harriet Harman - 72
  • Dame Rosie Winterton - 46
  • Sir Edward Leigh - 12 - eliminated
  • Meg Hillier - 10 - eliminated

Father of the House Ken Clarke announced none of the remaining five candidates have withdrawn from the contest.


15:15 - First ballot is open

Father of the House Ken Clarke, who is chairing the session today, has declared the ballot open.

MPs will vote for one candidate only and the ballot will remain open for around 20 minutes.

If a candidate wins over 50 per cent of the vote they will be proposed to the House as Speaker, but if not, a more ballots will take place unitl someone does.

The House broke into laughter when Mr Clarke ran through the instructions for the procedure, which he joked was “not actually familiar to any of us”.


14:30 - Candidates begin delivering speeches

Deputy Speaker Dame Rosie Winterton is the first of the seven candidates to make her case to become Speaker.

She told MPs she would "not seek the limelight, but build trust".

There were laughs as she shouted "order" when a mobile phone sounded in the chamber during her speech.

Fellow contender Chris Bryant said he wanted to stop clapping in the chamber - to which some MPs applauded.

Conservative MP Sir Edward Leigh said having been on the backbenches for 33 of his 36 years in Parliament, he wants to "recreate the great debates", adding that the Speaker should "submerge his or her character in the job".

Dame Eleanor Laing urged for a "time for change" of the "heirarchal structures" in the Commons, saying "It's the 21st century for goodness sake".

Sir Lindsay Hoyle paid tribute to a "great hero" of his, former speaker Betty Boothroyd, while Meg Hillier told MP's "I'd have your back".


10.30 - Tory MP Shailesh Vara pulls out of race

Mr Vara was a vocal critic of John Bercow

Conservative MP Shailesh Vara has pulled out of the race to be the next Speaker of the House of Commons, instead pledging his support to Sir Lindsay Hoyle.

"I have concluded I don't have the numbers to win so as not to split the vote I am withdrawing from the contest and will support @LindsayHoyle_MP Thanks again to those who supported me," he tweeted.

Mr Vara was a vocal critic of John Bercow while he was in the Speaker's chair, and told talkRADIO whoever took over would "speak a lot less".

It means there are now seven candidates in the running.


07:00 - MPs to vote on next Commons Speaker

The candidates for Speaker of the House of Commons

Eight candidates are in the running to take over as Commons Speaker.

Alongside deputy speakers Rosie Winterton, Sir Lindsay Hoyle and Dame Eleanor Laing are Labour MP's Harriet Harman, Chris Bryant and Meg Hillier, plus Conservatives Sir Edward Leigh and Shailesh Vara.

Another Tory MP, Sir Henry Bellingham, withdrew his bid for Speaker on November 1, claiming his rivals were "better placed" to win cross-party support.

Candidates must submit their written nominations between 9.30am and 10.30am today, with their signed declaration needing the support of 12 to 15 MPs.

The Commons will meet as normal at 2.30pm and each candidate will give a speech - the order decided by drawing lots.

A secret ballot among MPs will take place once the speeches have concluded.

MPs can only vote for one candidate and the result will be announced in the chamber.

Any candidate who receives more than 50 per cent of the votes will be proposed to the House as Speaker, although MPs will be asked to vote again if no candidate meets the threshold.

In the second round of voting, candidates who either came last or received fewer than 5 per cent of the votes will not be on the ballot paper.

There is also a 10-minute period after each round for candidates to withdraw.

Ballots will continue until either one MP wins more than 50 per cent of the votes or only one remains.