Vote to replace Speaker John Bercow set for November 4

John Bercow has been Speaker for 10 years

Friday, September 13, 2019

The next Speaker of the House of Commons will be elected on November 4, it has been revealed.

Outgoing speaker John Bercow has held the post since June 2009 and will take the chair for the final time on October 31.

The election of a new Speaker will be presided over by Father of the House, Conservative MP Ken Clarke.

Nominations must be submitted between 9.30 and 10.30 on the morning of November 4 and the secret ballot will begin at 2.30pm.

Candidates will each address MPs in an order selected by ballot, before MPs begin to vote.

Successive ballots will be held until either a candidate wins more than 50 per cent of the vote, or only one candidate remains.

Any MP can stand to be Speaker, however a minister or opposition frontbencher would be expected to resign from the bench should they win.

Seven MPs have so far said they are interested in the position including former Labour MP Harriet Harman, and deputy Speaker, Sir Lindsey Hoyle.

The Speaker’s job is to control debate, decide who speaks, select amendments and choose whether to allow urgent questions or emergency debate.

Last week, Mr Bercow used his power to grant an emergency debate over a Bill to prevent a no-deal Brexit.

The Benn Bill was passed into law and meant Boris Johnson must ask the European Union for a Brexit extension should he fail to make a deal.

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