Deputy Speaker election: Eleanor Laing elected

16 October 2013

Eleanor Laing, MP for Epping Forest, has been elected as the new Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons.

Eleanor Laing will take up the post of Deputy Speaker immediately.

Breakdown of results

551 votes were cast. There were no spoilt ballot papers. The breakdown of election results shows the details of the votes cast for each candidate at each stage of the count.

The candidates

The seven candidates that stood in the ballot were:

To maintain the party balance between the Deputy Speakers, only MPs of parties represented in Her Majesty’s Government – Conservative and Liberal Democrats – were eligible for nomination.

Related documents

A booklet was produced that lists all the candidates for the Deputy Speaker election in alphabetical order, together with their sponsors and personal statement.

More details of the practical arrangements for the election to fill the vacant Deputy Speaker post by secret ballot are available:

Further information

As more than one nomination was received, the ballot was held between 11.30am and 2pm on Wednesday 16 October, using the Single Transferable Vote system.

The results were announced to the House by Mr Speaker, as soon as practicable after the votes had been counted.

The successful candidate will join Lindsay Hoyle MP and the Rt Hon Dawn Primarolo MP as Deputy Speakers.

Watching Commons proceedings from the public gallery

UK residents and overseas visitors can watch proceedings in the House of Commons by visiting the public gallery.

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