Sir Lindsay Hoyle is elected new Speaker of the House of Commons replacing John Bercow





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Published on Nov 4, 2019

SIR Lindsay Hoyle has been elected the new House of Commons Speaker by MPs to replace John Bercow.

The favourite beat Chris Bryant by 112 votes in the fourth and final round.
In the final round of votes, Sir Lindsay, formerly a deputy to Mr Bercow, got 325 while fellow Labour MP Chris Bryant received 213.

Sir Lindsay will replace Mr Bercow, who left the role after a decade which has been viewed as a time of reform but also controversy.

Speakers must be politically impartial, meaning Sir Lindsay will be required to resign from the Labour Party in order to carry out his duties.

Speaking after the result, Sir Lindsay, 62, distanced himself from his showboat predecessor.

Sir Lindsay, who is widely popular and respected by colleagues, said: "I will be neutral. I will be transparent.

"This House will change but it will change for the better."

He also paid tribute to his daughter Natalie Lewis-Hoyle, 28, who died in 2017 and whom he said his family misses a great deal.

Sir Lindsay was reluctantly dragged to his chair as part of a tradition dating back to the days when speakers could be sentenced to death if they displeased the monarch.

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