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The other 2019 election: who will succeed John Bercow?

The next speaker will have to rebuild parliament’s reputation

By Chris White  

Image: UK Parliament

Amid all the excitement of whether the country will have its third election in four years, another critical election will happen in parliament that seems to be attracting less notice. A new speaker will be chosen by MPs on Monday next week (if MPs choose a general election date of 12th December).

Speaker Bercow’s influence on the Commons over his ten-year tenure has been substantial. There is no doubt that he has been a champion of backbenchers against the executive. He has dramatically increased the number of urgent questions, of which there…

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