“Dignity, kindness, authority rather than bossiness, and I do believe that those things could be brought to the Chair by a woman.”
If they want a more old-fashioned product, they may go for Lindsay Hoyle. If someone more like the present incumbent, for Harriet Harman.
The two Conservative MPs have been included in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Plus: An idea for May. A quote from YouGov. A cancelled lunch. A headline from the Economist. Could Gove return? And: could Bercow be ousted?
The moment when John Bercow announced Eleanor Laing’s victory in today’s ballot, “a contest which showed the House at its best”.
The bookies’ favourite, Eleanor Laing MP, has triumphed in today’s ballot.
An awkward question for Burns – which MP called John Bercow a “stupid, sanctimonious dwarf”?
He seems to have been the most impressive performer – “very professional”, said one source. “Surprised on the upside” said another.
She’s keen to stress that she isn’t Cameron’s candidate. And there may be an element of women-voting-for-women on the Labour side.
No Minister serves forever, and I suspect that Burns will have gazed ahead to the coming reshuffle and looked sideways at the Deputy Speaker post.
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