John Bercow prepares to bow out as his 10-year reign as House of Commons Speaker comes to an end

John Bercow will today shout “order, order” for the final time in the House of Commons as his reign as Speaker comes to an end after 10 years in the chair.

Mr Bercow is to end his tenure this afternoon, and will also resign as MP for Buckingham – a seat he has held for 22 years – which will be hotly contested in the general election this December.

The Speaker welled up in the Commons as he thanked his family and staff at his last Prime Minister Questions yesterday.

His voice cracked with emotion as he paid tribute to his family for displaying “support, stoicism and fortitude through thick and thin”. Mr Bercow said he would “never forget” the role, and would “always be grateful for it”.

Mr Bercow makes some personal remarks to thank staff, members and family members in the House of Commons in London (AFP via Getty Images)

A replacement for the Speaker will be elected in due course – with favourites including his deputy Sir Lindsay Hoyle and former deputy prime minister Harriet Harman.

Mr Bercow announced his intention to stand down from the influential position in September, saying the timing was the “least disruptive and most democratic course of action”.

He would have relinquished the role sooner if MPs had supported Boris Johnson’s initial attempt for an early general election in September.

Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow thanks staff, members and family (AFP via Getty Images)

The 56-year-old entered Parliament in 1997 and held several shadow ministerial positions before taking the Speaker’s chair on June 22 2009, promising to serve “no more than nine years in total”.

He abandoned that commitment ahead of the 2017 snap election, but allegations of bullying by former members of his staff, denied by the Speaker, led to fresh calls for him to quit.

In recent months he has also come under fire for a series of controversial rulings in the chamber which were widely considered to favour Remain supporters.

The contest to replace Mr Bercow will take place via a secret ballot, with a result announced on the same day as voting.


READ  Doctors 'forced to reuse PPE' with stockpile failures dating back 11 years


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here