State & Ceremonial

BREAKING: John Bercow to stand down after four terms as Speaker


UK Parliament

John Bercow has announced he is to step down as Speaker of the House of Commons on October 31st.

Mr Bercow made the announcement in the Commons chamber on Monday afternoon, with MPs paying tribute to the 56-year-old who has served for four consecutive terms as Speaker.

Mr Bercow has held the position of Commons Speaker for over ten years, having been elected to the role in 2009.

He has presided over four Prime Ministers and was re-elected as speaker in 2010, 2015 and 2017 unopposed.

Some early contenders to replace Mr Bercow include Deputy Speakers Sir Lyndsay Hoyle & Dame Eleanor Laing, as well as senior backbencher Harriett Harman and Chris Bryant.