Bercow, Beckett and Young favourites for new Speaker

June 19, 2009 at 4:33 pm 1 comment

MPs will elect a new Speaker of the House of Commons on Monday. Michael Martin will stand down from the role on Sunday.

The method that will be used to elect his successor is new.

It was created after Mr Martin’s election in 2000, when the conflicting claims of more than a dozen candidates led to confusion.

The Exhaustive Ballot system will allow MPs to vote in secret for the first time.

Nominations will be handed to Commons authorities between 9:30am and 10:30am on Monday.

To be eligible, nominated MPs must have the backing of 12 MPs, three of whom must be from a different political party.

At 2:30pm, the candidates will address the Commons, then the voting begins.

If one candidate gains 50% or more of the votes in the secret ballot, they are the winner.

Otherwise the candidate with the least votes is eliminated and MPs will continue to vote until an outright winner is decided.

Leading candidates for the job are Tory MP John Bercow and former Cabinet minister Margaret Beckett.

Bookmakers William Hill said today they have cut the price of Margaret Beckett from 6/1 to 5/2 to become the next Speaker, with Sir George Young also now a 5/2 shot.

“It looks like a three horse race and at this stage we cannot decide between them,” said Hill’s spokesman Rupert Adams.

William Hill’s odds are:

5/2 John Bercow, Sir George Young and Margaret Beckett

6/1 Ann Widdecombe

12/1 Sir Alan Beith

20/1 Parmjit Dhanda

20/1 Sir Patrick Cormack

25/1 Richard Shepherd

33/1 Sir Alan Haselhurst

50/1 Michael Lord



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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Edward Palmer  |  June 21, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Half of the above have outstanding expense claim” justifications” – surely MPs will not vote for tainted candidates? Only vote for a clean candidate! (Otherwise what was the point of the present speaker resigning?)


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