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UK: With general election due on 12 Dec (once House of Lords passes election
bill), parliament is set to be dissolved on Wednesday 6 Dec.
- Controversial Commons Speaker John Bercow is due to stand down on 31 Oct, with
Commons business on Monday 4 Nov given over to picking his successor.
- The high-profile of the Speaker in recent years due to his central role in the
Brexit debate means there is major concern among all political parties as to who
will be Bercow's successor.
- The two primary candidates are current Deputy Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle and
Mother of the House (the longest-sitting female MP) Harriet Harman, both Labour
MPs. Deputy Speaker Dame Eleanor Laing (Con) also in running, but unlikely to
- Hoyle is seen as the gov'ts preferred candidate, a more orthodox figure than
Bercow who is less willing to go against precedent. Harman believed to be
favoured by opposition as her stance is viewed as Bercow Mk. II.
- Some are arguing that Bercow should stay on until the dissolution of
parliament to allow newly-elected MPs to select a new Speaker in December.