Bercow is voted in as Speaker

CONSERVATIVE MP for Buckingham John Bercow was last night elected as the new speaker of the House of Commons, after a surprise win of over 50 per cent of the House.<br /><br />Bercow won 322 votes in the third round, despite members of the Tory party largely refusing to vote for the maverick former right-winger. But Labour backed his nomination.<br /><br />In his victory speech , Bercow talked of reform but said that he believed the majority of the house were &ldquo;honourable people&rdquo;. <br /><br />But some Tories warned him not to get too comfortable in the role, and said they could attempt to oust him should the party win the next general election.<br /><br />&ldquo;Speaker Martin has already gone, the public hate us and, with an election just a year away, we need to restore our reputation,&rdquo; said MP for mid-Bedforshire Nadine Dorries on her blog.<br /><br />&ldquo;The first step to achieving this is to elect a Speaker who can unite MPs from all sides to quickly drive through reform. He or she must be trusted by MPs and the public alike. And I&rsquo;m afraid to say that person is definitely not my Tory colleague John Bercow.&rdquo;