Sir Lindsay Hoyle wins race to replace John Bercow as Commons speaker
Sir Lindsay Hoyle has been elected as the next Commons speaker after John Bercow stood down from the post.
After four rounds of voting, the veteran Labour MP emerged victorious to replace Mr Bercow in the crucial parliamentary role.
Sir Lindsay, who has been deputy speaker since 2010, defeated Labour's Chris Bryant in the final two-man ballot after some five hours of voting.
He said it was vital the "tarnish" to the reputation of the House was "polished away" and vowed to be neutral and transparent in all his dealings. Eight MPs put themselves forward for the contest but Conservative MPs Sir Henry Bellingham and Shailesh Vara pulled out before voting began. Labour MP Meg Hillier and Tory backbencher Sir Edward Leigh were eliminated in the first round, followed by Labour's Dame Rosie Winterton, another deputy speaker, in the second ballot.
Harriet Harman, the former Labour deputy leader, withdrew from the race before the third round after trailing behind.
Dame Eleanor Laing, another deputy, finished last in the third round receiving 127 votes, compared to Sir Lindsay's 267 and Mr Bryant's 169. In his opening statement, Sir Lindsay said the Commons is "not a club" where length of service takes priority, adding: "The person who walked through that door yesterday is just as important to their constituents - their voice must be heard as well - and the pecking order ought not to be there, it is about equality."