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Election of Speaker

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:15 pm on 4th November 2019.

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Photo of Kenneth Clarke Kenneth Clarke Father of the House of Commons 4:15 pm, 4th November 2019

This is the result of the first ballot. The total number of ballots cast was 562. The number of votes cast for each candidate, in alphabetical order, was as follows:

Chris Bryant, 98;

Ms Harriet Harman, 72;

Meg Hillier, 10;

Sir Lindsay Hoyle, 211;

Dame Eleanor Laing, 113;

Sir Edward Leigh, 12;

Dame Rosie Winterton, 46.

There were no spoiled ballots. [Hon. Members: “Hear, hear!”] A remarkable achievement for this particular assembly.

No Member received more than 50% of the ballots cast, so we proceed to a further ballot. Meg Hillier received the fewest votes and Sir Edward Leigh also received fewer than 5% of the ballots cast, so under the rules they both leave the contest.

Before I confirm the list of candidates for the next ballot, I now invite any candidate who wishes to withdraw to inform me in the Chamber within the next 10 minutes, which means that I sit here for 10 minutes waiting for each of the candidates to carefully consider their position and then come to inform me if they wish to withdraw from the next ballot. I shall then make further announcements, and we will have to have new ballot papers printed before we actually get to the next round of voting. I will now suspend the House, and in 10 minutes’ time I will announce the candidates who are proposing to proceed to the second round of the ballot.

Proceedings suspended.