John Bercow has introduced he’ll stand down as Home of Commons Speaker on October 31, the day Britain is because of depart the European Union.
He will even stand down as a Conservative MP on the subsequent common election. His assertion on Monday got here after his personal celebration pledged to face a candidate in opposition to him.
Bercow mentioned he would stand down as speaker on Monday night time provided that MPs backed Boris Johnson’s movement for an early common election, however this isn’t anticipated to occur.
Whereas Commons audio system do stand generally elections, they’re often unopposed by the principle events. Nonetheless, enterprise secretary Andrea Leadsom said on Sunday that the Tories would put up a candidate in opposition to Bercow within the subsequent election in protest at him permitting „insurgent alliance“ MPs to take management of the Commons agenda final week.
Bercow has been Commons Speaker since 2009, a 12 months longer than he initially promised. To many MPs he’s seen as parliament’s champion, giving backbenchers a much bigger voice not least by way of the hovering variety of pressing questions which permit MPs to summon ministers to the despatch field.
However there have been accusations from the Conservative benches that he’s biased in the direction of Labour and those that need the UK to remain within the European Union.
He was first elected Conservative MP for Buckingham in 1997. He gave up his celebration affiliation when he grew to become Speaker.