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Election of Speaker

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:27 pm on 4th November 2019.

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Photo of Kenneth Clarke Kenneth Clarke Father of the House of Commons 4:27 pm, 4th November 2019

I am sure that we are both out of order, but, with great respect, although these arrangements do need revising in various other respects, with the arrangements that we have it was not possible to know who the candidates were for the next round until a proper opportunity had been given for any candidates who wished to withdraw. I am afraid that the delay is inevitable. I declare the House suspended until the next stage in the proceedings when we have the ballot papers.

Proceedings suspended.