Statement by the Speaker

19 May 2009

The Speaker of the House of Commons made a statement to the House at 2.34pm announcing that he will relinquish the office of Speaker on Sunday 21 June.

Speaker’s Statement

"Since I came to this House 30 years ago, I have always felt that the House is at its best when it is united. In order that unity can be maintained, I have decided that I will relinquish the office of Speaker on Sunday 21 June. This will allow the House to proceed to elect a new Speaker on Monday 22 June. That is all I have to say on this matter."

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