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MPs elect Sir Lindsay Hoyle to replace John Bercow as commons speaker

Pic: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor

Sir Lindsay Hoyle has emerged victorious in the election to replace John Bercow as House of Commons Speaker.
The Labour politician received more than 50% of votes in the fourth ballot of MPs, defeating his party colleague Chris Bryant.
Sir Lindsay, formerly a deputy to Mr Bercow, received 325 votes to Mr Bryant's 213.
Speakers must be politically impartial, meaning Sir Lindsay will be required to resign from the Labour Party in order to carry out his duties.
Mr Hoyle paid tribute to Father of the House Ken Clarke's role in presiding over the speaker's election as well as the other candidates.
He said: "I stand by what I said, I stand firm, that I hope this House will be once a great respected House, not just in here but across the world."
He added: "It's the envy and we've got to make sure that tarnish is polished away, that the respect and tolerance that we expect from everyone who works in here will be shown and we'll keep that in order."
Standing to congratulate Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: "Mr Speaker, in congratulating you on your election I observe that you have prevailed over an extremely strong field and that every other candidate earlier on spoke forcibly and well."
He added: "Speaking for myself, after long, happy years of dealing with you, I think I know what it is - and let me say, whenever any of us is preparing to speak in this Chamber, we all know there is a moment between standing up and when the Speaker calls you when your heart is in your mouth.
"And in that moment of anxiety, about whether you're going to make a fool of yourself and so on, and indeed at the moment when we sit down amid deafening silence, the kindliness of the Speaker is absolutely critical to our confidence and the way we behave.
"And Mr Speaker, over the years I have observed that you have many good qualities, and I'm sure you will stick up for backbenchers in the way that you have proposed, and I'm sure that you will adhere to a strict Newtonian concept of time in PMQs."
Mr Johnson continued: "But I believe you will also bring your signature kindness, kindness and reasonableness to our proceedings, and thereby to help to bring us together as a Parliament and a democracy.
"Because no matter how fiercely we may disagree, we know that every member comes to this place with the best of motives, determined to solve, to serve the oldest Parliamentary democracy in the world.
"And to achieve our goals by the peaceable arts of reason and debate invigilated by an impartial Speaker, which was and remains one of our greatest gifts to the world.
"Thank you Mr Speaker, and congratulations."

Chief Minister Fabian Picardo congratulated Sir Lindsay Hoyle for being elected as Speaker of the House of Commons.
Mr Picardo tweeted: “Congratulations from @GibraltarGov and the People of Gibraltar to @LindsayHoyle_MP on being elected Speaker of the @HouseofCommons. A long time friend of #Gibraltar now takes the Chair in Westminster.”

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