West Lothian MP captures moment MPs sang in Commons in proroguing protest

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 11, 2019

Rhondda Labour MP Chris Bryant has confirmed he will stand in the race to succeed John Bercow as Commons Speaker.

Mr. Bercow, 56, is best known for presiding over debates, bellowing "Order!"

The move to deny Mr Bercow a peerage comes after he tore up Commons rules last week to allow backbenchers to seize control of the agenda and pass a law delaying Brexit. Last week, lawmakers defeated Johnson to pass a law ordering Johnson to seek a delay from the October 31 Brexit deadline.

He said it was the longest for decades sparking an outcry from the government benches.

His announcement was greeted with applause from all sides of the legislature, and a standing ovation from opposition benches.

Sarah Clarke, the Lady Usher of the Black Rod, invited MPs to the House of Lords to formerly attend the ceremony closing the Parliamentary session.

"In every decision you have made, you have put one consideration above everything else: Your wish to enable the House of Commons to discuss matters and to have a view".

Over in the House of Lords both Labour and Liberal Democrat peers boycotted the ceremony in protest at the suspension of parliament.

Mr Bercow replied: "Who said it has been offered?"

In Monday's speech, Bercow said he would not contest the next election if parliament voted later on Monday in favor of calling one.

Bercow said he would not stand again if MPs vote later Monday in favor of an early general election - and if they do not, as seems likely, he would resign on October 31: the scheduled date for Brexit.

John Hill of Coral said: "John Bercow will be looking for a new challenge once he departs his role as the Speaker of the House of Commons and our betting suggests that could come in the jungle on I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here". "Order!" have traveled around the world in viral video clips, as have his quips.

Mr Bercow said he wanted the election for the next speaker to happen "when all members have some knowledge of the candidates". "I'm not remotely interested in your pettifogging objection, chuntered inelegantly from a sedentary position".

He abandoned that commitment ahead of the 2017 snap election, but allegations of bullying by former members of his staff, denied by the Speaker, led to fresh calls for him to quit.

But Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage tweeted "good riddance".

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