Who wants to be Deputy Speaker?

14 October 2013

A new Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons will be elected on Wednesday. Eleanor Laing is said to be the favourite; but Mr S has been reading the runes for the other candidates.

Henry Bellingham surprised colleagues by giving a solid speech last week that, according to one backbencher, was ‘witty and had gravitas’. Bellingham, though, is probably too posh to pick up Labour votes.

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I detect a growing element of ‘who does Simon Burns think he is’ among Tory MPs: Burns is just out of government and now he wants to march straight into a new paid job. Burns is probably seen as too close to the government to pick up significant numbers of Labour votes; but he does have a notoriously rocky relationship with John Bercow, which may win him the jokers’ vote.

Someone could come through the middle; David Amess, Gary Streeter and Brian Binley are hoping it will be them.

Labour Deputy Speaker Lindsay Hoyle will be crucial to the vote. His Labour colleagues want him to be the next Speaker; so they will not back a candidate with similar ambitions. David Amess has no such ambitions, and I hear that he will play up his working-class, ‘tin-bath’, credentials when the candidates address the Parliamentary Labour Party tonight.

Nadine Dorries is also running.

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  • grasmithy

    This article would seem to imply that Nadine Dorries is an also ran

  • Colonel Mustard

    He doesn’t look well.

  • George Drake

    How would someone go about getting rid of a speaker? Are there any mechanisms for doing so that do not rely on the individual having a sense of shame?

  • bubbles speaks out………..

    Couldn’t we demand a clean sweep & elect a new speaker too …………….please ?

    • moe_howard

      darn – just what I was going to say – quite agree! Barmy Naddy would be my choice if only for comic relief!

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