Only a few days to go: We’re raising £25,000 to keep TheyWorkForYou running and make sure people across the UK can hold their elected representatives to account.

Donate to our crowdfunder

Procedure of the House

Part of Business of the House (24, 25 and 26 March) (No. 2) – in the House of Commons at 12:17 pm on 26th March 2015.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of William Hague William Hague First Secretary of State and Leader of the House of Commons 12:17 pm, 26th March 2015

Personally, I come down on the same side of the question because I think that a secret ballot frees Members from pressure from their parties or from the Chair. It is the right thing to do in principle. Although the case can be made that those arguments do not apply when it comes to the election of the Speaker, it can also be argued that they apply particularly in that instance so that Members can vote without fear or favour.