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.
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.
In his victory speech , Bercow talked of reform but said that he believed the majority of the house were “honourable people”.
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.
“Speaker Martin has already gone, the public hate us and, with an election just a year away, we need to restore our reputation,” said MP for mid-Bedforshire Nadine Dorries on her blog.
“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’m afraid to say that person is definitely not my Tory colleague John Bercow.”