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Election of Speaker

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:45 pm on 4th November 2019.

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Photo of Kenneth Clarke Kenneth Clarke Father of the House of Commons 5:45 pm, 4th November 2019

Order. This is the result of the second ballot. Five hundred and seventy five ballots were cast—[Hon. Members: “Ooh!”] Late arrivals, I think. The number of votes cast for each candidate was as follows:

Chris Bryant, 120;

Ms Harriet Harman, 59;

Sir Lindsay Hoyle, 244;

Dame Eleanor Laing, 122;

Dame Rosie Winterton, 30.

There were no spoiled ballots. Yet again, no Member received more than 50% of the ballots cast, so we proceed to a further ballot. Dame Rosie Winterton received the fewest votes, so she retires. 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 or the Clerk Assistant in the Reasons Room within the next 10 minutes.

Proceedings suspended.