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John Bercow re-elected as Speaker of the House of Commons unopposed

John Bercow has been re-elected to the office of Speaker of the House of Commons unopposed, despite rumours some MPs might try and force a Speaker’s Election.

In the now traditional manner, Mr Bercow was dragged from the Commons backbenches to the Speaker’s Chair by the 54-year-old’s supporters.

Father of the House,  Ken Clarke, moved the motion that Mr Bercow is re-elected Speaker of the Commons. MP’s unanimously backed the move with all MPs shouting ‘aye’ and none showing their disapproval by shouting ‘no’.

Prime Minister Theresa May congratulated the Speaker-Elect, saying: “At least somebody won an election with a landslide.”

Mr Bercow has now held the position of Commons Speaker for eight years, and if this Parliamentary term lasts the full five years, it is likely he will be in the job until 2022.

That being said, a small number of MPs are growing disconcerted with the MP for Buckingham following his remarks about Donald Trump earlier this year.

Speaking in the Commons chamber, Mr Bercow said: “I would not wish to issue an invitation to President Trump to speak in the Royal Gallery.

“We value our relationship with the United States, if the State Visit takes place, that is way beyond and above the paygrade of the Speaker.

“However, as far as this place is concerned I feel very strongly that our opposition to racism and to sexism, and our support for equality before the law and an independent judiciary are hugely important considerations in the House of Commons.”

Because of this speech, back in February, five Conservatives signed an early day motion of no confidence, however, due to the lack of support Mr Bercow survived.

The Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, Natascha Engel, was defeated in the General Election last week. As a result, there will be an election to fill her post.

The election of the Speaker marked the first time the new Parliament met, with an intake of new MPs present.

The State Opening of Parliament will likely take place next week, although a date hasn’t yet been set.

 

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