United Kingdom lawmakers electing new speaker to replace John Bercow


In this handout image provided by the House of Commons, one of the candidates for the role of Speaker of the House, Chris Bryant, speaks in the House of Commons, London, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019.

Mr Bercow's interventions into the Brexit process proved controversial for many, but his unique style also raised the profile of the job - for better or worse.

Seven MPs were running to replace Mr John Bercow, who placed himself front and centre of the Brexit saga by choosing amendments and introducing procedures that Leave-supporting MPs claimed were created to frustrate Britain's departure from the European Union.

The Labour politician received more than 50% of votes in the fourth ballot of MPs, defeating his party colleague Chris Bryant.

Mr Hoyle has been a Labour MP for 22 years and was Mr Bercow's deputy from 2010, since when his distinctive Lancashire accent has rung out from the Speaker's chair.

United Kingdom lawmakers will elect their new House Speaker from a list of seven candidates from both the Conservative and Labour parties.

Ms Harman, a Labour former minister, concluded the speeches by stressing the next Speaker is "really important" as the public's view of Parliament "is at an all-time low".

The list of candidates fell from eight to seven when long-shot Conservative Shailesh Vara pulled out and endorsed Mr Hoyle.

Candidates to become the next speaker of Britain's House of Commons are promising to restore faith in politics and return civility to Parliament after the contentious term of former Speaker John Bercow.

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Sir Edward Leigh, a Conservative former minister, said the Speaker should be a "servant" of the House, adding they must be "a dignified and quiet voice".

The new speaker is set to oversee months more of high-stakes debate and votes over Brexit.

The now Lord Hoyle - made a life peer after standing down in the same year his son was elected to the Commons - was so taken by Lindsay Hassett, a middle-order batsman and vice-captain of an Aussie team that was undefeated in all 34 matches it played in England that summer, that he bestowed on his offspring the same name.

Bercow retired last week after a decade that saw him become a central player in Britain's Brexit drama.

'The Speaker needs to be an independent anchor of our proceedings, unaffected by an allegiance to any political objective or to any party or group within Parliament, upholding our rules and conventions and applying them consistently'.

But critics accused him of subverting centuries of parliamentary tradition with the aim of frustrating Brexit.

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

Four of the speaker candidates were women - Eleanor Laing, Rosie Winterton, Harriet Harman and Meg Hillier - but the victor was a man, just like all but one of his 157 predecessors.

His successor will run the daily business of the Commons, keeping lawmakers in line with robust cries of "Order!"