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Today’s Business of the House

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills – in the House of Commons at 11:41 am on 26th March 2015.

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Photo of Edward Leigh Edward Leigh Chair, Public Accounts Commission 11:41 am, 26th March 2015

The office of Speaker is centuries old and it is absolutely essential for all of us and our democracy that it is seen to be above party politics. Therefore, I appeal for calm. We may or may not like Mr Speaker, and there may or may not be a case for a secret ballot. We all accept that. However, in order that we are not accused of making this about a particular individual, should we not do this on a consensual basis and come to an agreement when Mr Speaker has announced his retirement? There would then be no question that this is about the present Speaker, but about the House of Commons we love.