FURIOUS Tory MPs have already threatened to oust the next House of Commons Speaker if they get the “wrong result”, an insider has said.
This afternoon MPs will elect the next Speaker for a first time in a decade after John Bercow finally left the role on October 31. Front runner and current Deputy Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle, 62, is widely tipped to succeed Mr Bercow, however faces fierce competition from arch-Remainer and fellow Labour MP Harriet Harman, 69. Ms Harman, MP for Camberwell and Peckham, was a prominent campaigner to stay in the European Union during the 2016 EU referendum, but has since pledged to be “scrupulously neutral” if elected as Speaker.
Sir Lindsey has been the Labour MP for Chorley since 1997.
The Lancashire constituency voted 56.8 percent in favour of Leave in the EU referendum, however the 62-year-old has never declared his views on Brexit.
A senior Government official has insisted there could be a re-run of the vote for Speaker following the general election on December 12.
A Cabinet source told The Sun: “If it’s the wrong result we will just kick them out after the election.
“A lot of Labour MPs won’t be there on Monday because they’ll be busy campaigning so it gives us a chance to get the right person in.”
Sir Lindsay and Ms Harman are vying for the position along with six other candidates including Dame Rosie Winterton and Dame Eleanor Laing, who also both served as Mr Bercow’s deputies.
Labour MPs Meg Hillier and Chris Bryant (Rhondda), plus Conservatives Sir Edward Leigh and Shailesh Vara are also in the running.
Candidates must submit their written nominations today between 9.30am and 10.30am
In order to make it onto the ballot paper each contender must receive the support of between 12 and 15 MPs.
This afternoon each candidate will give a speech to parliament before a secret ballot takes place.
Following each round, the candidate with the least votes or less than five percent of the vote share will be eliminated.
The process will continue until a candidate receives more than 50 percent of the overall vote and will then be elected Commons Speaker.
Mr Bercow announced his intention to stand down from the influential position in September, saying the timing was the “least disruptive and most democratic course of action”.
The 56-year-old entered Parliament in 1997 and held several shadow ministerial positions before taking the Speaker’s chair on June 22, 2009.
Mr Bercow initially promised to serve “no more than nine years in total” but stayed following the snap 2017 general election.
The process to elect the next Commons Speaker will begin in Parliament at 2.30pm.