New Speaker Lindsay Hoyle breaks down during emotional tribute to late daughter in Commons

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SIR Lindsay Hoyle broke down in tears as he gave an emotional tribute to his daughter, Natalie, while taking the chair of Speaker in the House of Commons.

The new Speaker took the seat and began his speech thanking people in his campaign. But he noted that one person was not there. Speaking in the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay said: “There’s one difficult part I want to bring up.

“There’s one person not here, my daughter, Natalie.

“I wish she had been here, we all miss her as a family.

“I’ve got to say she was everything to all of us.

“She will always be missed but she will always be in our thoughts.”

It comes as Mr Hoyle accepted the result and said: “I will be neutral. I will be transparent.

“This House will change but it will change for the better.”

He won wih 325 votes, with his rival, Chris Bryant, scooping 213.

Mr Hoyle paid tribute to Mr Clarke’s role in presiding over the speaker’s election as well as the other candidates.

He said: “I stand by what I said, I stand firm, that I hope this House will be once again a great respected House, not just in here but across the world.”

He added: “It’s the envy and we’ve got to make sure that tarnish is polished away, that the respect and tolerance that we expect from everyone who works in here will be shown and we’ll keep that in order.”

Boris Johnson made a speech recognising Mr Hoyle’s “kindness” in a dig to former Speaker John Bercow.

Standing to congratulate Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “Mr Speaker, in congratulating you on your election I observe that you have prevailed over an extremely strong field and that every other candidate earlier on spoke forcibly and well.”



It comes as 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.

Deputy Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle was strongly tipped to emerge victorious, with fellow Labour MP Harriet Harman – the current longest continuously serving female MP – also predicted to do well.

The other five candidates were Dame Rosie Winterton and Dame Eleanor Laing, who also both served as Mr Bercow’s deputies, Labour’s Meg Hillier and Chris Bryant (Rhondda), plus Conservative Sir Edward Leigh.

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