05 November 2019 00:42
Sir Lindsay Hoyle (centre) is dragged to the speaker's chair after becoming the new speaker of the House of Commons. Labour MP Sir Lindsay Hoyle has been voted in as the 158th speaker of the House of Commons. Formerly the deputy speaker and favourite to secure the role, he was dragged by fellow MPs to the chair as tradition dictates. In his acceptance speech, Sir Lindsay said: "This house will change, but it will change for the better. Sir Lindsay also paid tribute to his late daughter Natalie Lewis-Hoyle, 28, who died in December 2017.
MPs have voted in favour of @LindsayHoyle_MP as the new Speaker of the House of Commons, with 325 votes. Read our summary of the day: #SpeakersElection #SpeakerElection pic.twitter.com/wjcvVmHWke — UK House of Commons (@HouseofCommons) 4 November 2019 Earlier, he had acknowledged former speaker Betty Boothroyd, who watched from the side gallery, as a "great hero" of his. Sir Lindsay follows in the footsteps of John Bercow, who stood down last week after 10 years in the Commons chair, shouting "Order, Order!" for the last time on Thursday. A total of 562 MPs cast votes in the first secret ballot of today's speaker election, in three rounds, waiting for a candidate to win more than 50% of the vote. Many predicted Sir Lindsay would win it.
The Labour MP for Chorley won 211 votes in the first round, 244 in the second, and 267 in the third. In the fourth and final round against fellow Labour MP Chris Bryant, Sir Linsday won 325 votes against 213 for Mr Bryant. Sir Lindsay, then deputy speaker, gestures as Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne delivers his Budget statement to the House of Commons in 2016. In his opening pitch, Sir Lindsay highlighted his experience as a deputy speaker for nine years, and stressed the need to allow backbench MPs to hold those in power to account. He said the Commons is "not a club" where length of service takes priority, adding: "The person who walked through that door yesterday is just as important to their constituents – their voice must be heard as well – and the pecking order ought not to be there, it is about equality." Sir Lindsay promised to be a "champion of the house" and vowed to push on with security reforms to keep MPs, their families, staff and the Commons safe. The other candidates were Mr Bryant, Labour's Harriet Harman, the longest continuously serving female MP; Dame Rosie Winterton, also Labour, and Tory Dame Eleanor Laing, who also both served as Mr Bercow's deputies; Labour's Meg Hillier; plus the Conservative Sir Edward Leigh. John Bercow arrives at Parliament on his last day as speaker of the House of Commons on the 31st October after 10 years in the position. Who is Sir Lindsay Hoyle? The Labour MP for Chorley since 1997, he has been deputy speaker since 2010 and is said to be a popular figure in Westminster. Although Sir Lindsay is firmly rooted in his Lancashire constituency of Chorley, which supported Leave in the 2016 referendum, he has never declared his views on Brexit. His ruling as deputy speaker last month to reject the amendment that would have given 16 and 17-year-olds and EU nationals the right to vote in the December 12 elections, though, has been seen as a huge boost for the Prime Minister and Brexiteers. Sir Lindsay has refused to say how he voted in the 2016 Brexit referendum and is competing with Dame Eleanor, the Tory MP for Epping Forest, for the backing of Brexiteer MPs. ES News email The latest headlines in your inbox Enter your email address Continue Please enter an email address Email address is invalid Fill out this field Email address is invalid You already have an account. Please log in Register with your social account or click here to log in I would like to receive lunchtime headlines Monday - Friday plus breaking news alerts, by email Update newsletter preferences Sir Lindsay Hoyle has been selected as the new Speaker of the House of Commons after four rounds of voting. The Lancastrian, who owns a parrot called Boris which he has taught to say "order, order", was appointed after receiving the support of more than 50 per cent of MPs. The MP for Chorley, who was one of seven candidates in the running, will replace John Bercow after he stepped down from the chair after 10 years in the role on Thursday. With his lulling Lancastrian tones, the Labour MP's appointment will mean a more regional English accent being heard guiding proceedings, rather than his predecessor's southern bark. Take a look at what we know about the new Commons Speaker: His easy-on-the-ear Northern twang does not mean Sir Lindsay is a stranger to tackling the boisterousness of those on the green benches. First elected MP for Chorley in 1997, he has been Mr Bercow's most senior deputy - known by the formal title chairman of ways and means - since 2010, when post-expenses scandal reforms saw the role elected by MPs rather than appointed by the Leader of the Commons. Sir Lindsay, 62, became favourite for the role of Commons referee when Mr Bercow announced he was stepping down after 10 years in the chair. Following the terror attack on Parliament in March 2017, and the killing of PC Keith Palmer, MPs were privately full of praise for Sir Lindsay - at the time still nine months away from being included in the 2018 Honours List for services to political and public life - for the resonant chord he struck. "We're in a village and our village policeman has been murdered and all of our thoughts are with the family and the other innocent victims," he told BBC News on his way in to work the next day. He was in the Commons chair at the time of the atrocity, and presided over the lockdown in Parliament. Born in Adlington in Lancashire, where he still lives, he was elected for Labour to Chorley Borough Council, where he became deputy leader and mayor during his near two-decade tenure. Selected for the Chorley constituency, he won back the seat for the party after it had been in Tory hands for 18 years. The now Lord Hoyle - made a life peer after standing down in the same year his son was elected to the Commons - was so taken by Lindsay Hassett, a middle-order batsman and vice-captain of an Aussie team that was undefeated in all 34 matches it played in England that summer, that he bestowed on his offspring the same name. There was heartbreak for the twice-married politician and his family when his daughter, Natalie Lewis-Hoyle, 28, was found dead in her bedroom just before Christmas 2017. Sir Lindsay said he was "truly devastated" at her death. As he took the position of Speaker on Monday, Sir Lindsay paid tribute to his late daughter. In an heartfelt tribute, he said: "There is one person who's not here, my daughter Natalie. The former textiles printing businessman paid tribute on Monday to a "great hero" of his, former speaker Betty Boothroyd, who watched from the side gallery. During the campaign to be the 158th Speaker, Sir Lindsay said Parliament had a drinks and drugs problem, and said MPs were telling him they can no longer stand for re-election as their family has to come first.