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New Speaker Elections in the Commons

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New Speaker Elections in the Commons

John Bercow topped the first round of elections for Speaker.  Four candidates will drop out of the second ballot because they did not reach 5% of the vote.
The next round will take place shortly. The final decision will be reached later tonight.
I can't say I am very happy with Bercow.  He doesn't have support from all corners of the House and that could be a problem particularly in the present climate.
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Re: New Speaker Elections in the Commons

The four to drop out are,  Parmjit Dhanda, Richard Shepherd, Sir Michael Lord  and Sir Patrick Cormack
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Sir George Young wins the second ballot.  All others have withdrawn except John Bercow so it's now a 2 horse race.
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In the second voting round, Mr Bercow got 221 votes - short of the 50% needed to win - while Sir George got 174.
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Sorry Jim, got my candidates mixed up Embarrassed
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The result is in and the new speaker is John Bercow.
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votes 322 and 271
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I don't know much about John Bercow, but a friend tells me that he speaks well and reasonably on programmes like BBC's Question Time.
It seems some tories don't like him because he has moved towards the labour view - as laughingly hinted at by both Brown and Cameron.
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He tends to play to the gallery and will say whatever is opportune at the time.  Guess he doesn't have to worry about that anymore though. 
It's not been a good appointment IMO as he certainly hasn't united the Commons.  Time will tell.
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He seems to have started off ok - but as you say - time will tell, especially when there are difficult issues
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/playlive/bbc_parliament/
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It appears he wasn't clean in his claims for expenses.  He flipped houses on 2 occasions to save CGT.