But there were a couple of moments of levity – though both men agreed that this is no time for it.
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To the astonishment of those who see him as an incorrigible buffoon, the Prime Minister looked and sounded unremittingly sombre.
He adds that he wouldn’t offer the former speaker a peerage, as he responds to comments made by Dawn Butler.
Bercow was the rudest Speaker of modern times, yet by the end he had degenerated into an Establishment stooge
The former Speaker’s autobiography is a disappointment. He writes as he talks – and after a time this becomes wearisome.
But Laing’s 127 votes have to divide roughly five to one if he is to beat Hoyle – who therefore remains favourite.
Laing has 122 votes, Bryant 120. Unless the candidates who withdraw transfer disproportionately to one of them, Hoyle seems to be home and dry.
The candidates for the Speakership competed to show how different they will be from the man who has just stepped down.
Andrew Gimson’s PMQs sketch: Positively the final performance of the Westminster pantomime with its present cast
The Speaker is retiring, so is the Father of the House, but the Prime Minister looks confident of getting several encores.
The Business Secretary argues that Parliament’s actions are “discouraging businesses from taking the steps they need to take”, and holding up private sector investment.
Plus: Sky News troll themselves. How the next Speaker might surprise you. And: Labour moderates are still deluded about their Party’s future.
Interview with Laing, candidate for Speaker: It’s “extraordinary” that whoever holds the office “is totally unaccountable”.
“Dignity, kindness, authority rather than bossiness, and I do believe that those things could be brought to the Chair by a woman.”
The shocking truth about Commons disorder. MPs during Brexit “have been almost shamefully well behaved”
Churchill in his Liberal days wore with pride the scar inflicted on his forehead by the copy of Commons Standing Orders hurled at him by an enraged Tory in 1912.
If they want a more old-fashioned product, they may go for Lindsay Hoyle. If someone more like the present incumbent, for Harriet Harman.
Bobby Friedman: Enough is enough. The Conservatives must put up a candidate against Bercow in Buckingham.
The reasons not to do so are threadbare. And he has merrily torn up plenty of other conventions in the process of his partisan Speakership.
The Speaker must rein in self-indulgent MPs who no longer try to express themselves with the greatest possible concision and force.