John Bercow MP has been elected Speaker of the House of Commons to succeed Michael Martin who resigned from the post in June as a result of a lack of parliamentary and public confidence arising from the expenses scandal. He was the first Speaker to be forced out of office for over 300 years.
Bercow was elected on the third ballot of a secret ballot, the first time such a sytem has been used for the election of a Speaker. The final round of the ballot was between Bercow and Sir George Young MP. John Bercow led in all three rounds of the ballot.
The Speaker receives a salary of £72,862 per annum.
The final vote in the third ballot was
- John Bercow MP 322 votes
- Sir George Young MP 271 votes
John Bercow MP (221 votes)
Sir George Young MP (174 votes)
Margaret Beckett MP (70 votes)
Alan Haselhurst MP (57 votes)
Sir Alan Beith MP (46 votes)
Ann Widdecombe MP (30 votes)
Ann Widdecombe is eliminated, Margaret Beckett, Alan Haselhurst and Sir Alan Beith have withdrawn.
Through to the Second Round
- John Bercow MP (179 votes)
- Sir George Young MP (112 votes)
- Margaret Beckett MP (74 votes)
- Alan Haselhurst MP (66 votes)
- Sir Alan Beith MP (55 votes)
- Ann Widdecombe MP (44 votes)
- Parmjit Dhanda MP (26 votes)
- Richard Shepherd MP (15 votes)
- Sir Patrick Cormack MP (13 votes)
- Sir Michael Lord MP (9 votes)
Margaret Beckett MP Labour
Sir Alan Beith MP Liberal Democrat
John Bercow MP Conservative
Sir Patrick Cormack MP Conservative
Parmjit Dhanda MP Labour
Sir Alan Haslehurst MP Conservative
Sir Michael Lord MP Conservative
Richard Shepherd MP Conservative
Ann Widdecombe MP Conservative
Sir George Young MP Conservative
The voting begins after the candidates give a short election address in the House of Commons at 2.30pm. A series of secret ballots will take place until one candidate has a majority of the votes.
There is an interesting Wiki which was set up last month by Paul Youlten who is also the founder of Yellowikis (a user generated yellow pages on the web).
The stated aim of They Want to Work For You is to create a complete guide to each and every candidate planning to stand for Parliament in the next UK General Election. New media expert Seb Bacon conceived the idea in a blog post at MySociety.org in 2006 inspired by their TheyWorkForYou site. Paul Youlten launched the wiki in May 2009.
At the moment the data is incomplete but it has the potential to be a fascinating crowd sourced database in the run up to the election.
On the Today programme this morning David Miliband effectively completed the task he began in August last year when he ducked out of a challenge for the Labour leadership. The task in question was to finally put an end to any prospect that he might one day be prime minister.
Not only did he name Alan Johnson clearly as the number one challenger, but he avoided direct enquiries about his knowledge of a plot against Brown. Time after time he ignored Jim Naughtie’s questions to deliver prepared statements about the Labour ‘project’. He even bizarrely asserted that the forced bail out of Lloyds Bank was an example of a ‘radical new phase’ in government policy.
The only thing that was absolutely clear in this interview is that he is too weak and indecisive to ever lead the party.
As we prepare for the results of this week’s European election, here are the results of the last vote in June 2004. The turnout in the UK was 38.2%.
|UK Independence Party
|British National Party
|Respect – The Unity Coalition
|Scottish National Party
Today has been an extraordinary day in British Politics. In July 1962 Prime Minister Harold Macmillan organised a major Cabinet reshuffle known as the ‘the night of long knives’ (after the nazi purge of the brown shirts). Eight Ministers were sacked in one go.
Today the knives have been directed at the prime minister. Less than 24 hours after criticising James Purnell for his resignation Caroline Flint added hers to the growing list of ministerial resignations. Her resignation became public knowledge whilst Brown was in mid press conference insisting that he would continue to lead the country and the party and though neither “arrogant” nor “complacent” believed himself to be the best person for the job. Whilst resolute Brown’s assertions were reminiscent of Thatcher’s insistence at a Paris press briefing in 1990 that she would stand in a second ballot for the Tory leadership. She didn’t.
When the European results heap more humiliation on Labour on Sunday the heat will be turned up another notch. Next week like so many before it will be a long one for Labour and for Brown.
The European election result in the UK may well be all about UKIP. The main parties are all largely tarred with the same brush so the smaller parties like UKIP and the Green Party will benefit.
The results will occupy the news agenda for a few days but that will only serve to act as a distraction from the real issues in the run up to the General Election. If the announcement of the departure of Hazel Blears today, following on from those of her cabinet colleagues yesterday was intended to bring the Labour leadership crisis to a head the timing was poor. The disruption in the senior ranks of the government party will hand the news agenda to the beneficiaries of the protest vote.
The media will return to discussion of the crisis at the heart of government as soon as the dust has settled on the Euro vote.