Sir Lindsay Hoyle elected as Speaker of the House of Commons

04 November 2019

Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Deputy Speaker, Chair of Ways and Means, and Labour MP for Chorley has been elected by the House Commons as the next Speaker-elect following four rounds of voting. Chris Bryant MP came second with 213 votes.

On Monday 4 November the Speaker's election was held, following John Bercow's last day in the Speaker's Chair on Thursday 31 October.

Sir Lindsay Hoyle elected as Speaker

Elected by secret ballot, Sir Lindsay will take the position of chief officer and highest authority of the House of Commons following Royal Approbation.

Sir Lindsay will be the 158th Speaker and will be responsible for chairing debates in the Commons Chamber, keeping order and calling MPs to speak, while remaining politically impartial.

He will represent the Commons to the Monarch, the Lords and other authorities, alongside chairing the House of Commons Commission.

This is only the second time the secret ballot system has been used for the election of a Speaker.

Who is Sir Lindsay Hoyle?

Sir Lindsay has been MP for Chorley, Lancashire since 1997.

Prior to becoming an MP he was a member of his local Council. Elected at aged just 22, he was the youngest councillor ever to serve Chorley.

He was elected Chairman of Ways and Means and Deputy Speaker on 8 June 2010, the first time this appointment has been made by ballot of MPs rather than nomination by the Leader of the House.

He was knighted in 2018 for parliamentary and political services.

"It is a true honour to be elected as 158th Speaker"

On being appointed as Speaker, Sir Lindsay Hoyle said:

“It is a true honour to be elected as 158th Speaker of the House of Commons.

As an impartial, fair and independent Chair, I intend to maintain public trust in this most vital of institutions. 

I believe that MPs provide an essential service and I will make sure they are properly supported in this challenging role. 

Equally, I will ensure that parliamentary debate is often robust but always respectful. 

Of course, the honour of becoming Speaker will never surpass the honour of representing the wonderful constituency of Chorley in the County Palatine of Lancashire, and my commitment to my constituents will not change.”

General election

The House of Commons must elect or re-elect its Speaker after every general election, and this is the first thing it does on the first day it meets after an election.

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