John Bercow Announces He Will Stand Down In An Emotional Speech

Tearful House of Commons Speaker John Bercow to stand down amid Brexit chaos

Mr Gove joked that he hoped Mr Bercow would not take it personally when he votes for an early general election, adding: "It is the case that however controversial the role of the backstop may be in other areas, your role as the backbenchers' backstop has certainly been one that's been appreciated by individuals across this House".

The favourite to succeed John Bercow as Speaker of the House of Commons has led the fight to protect Jewish and Muslim MPs from online abuse, calling on social media companies to do more.

"I could not do so without the support of a small but superb team in Speaker's House, the wider house staff, my Buckingham constituents, and above all my wife, Sally, and our three children, Oliver, Freddy and Jemima".

Mr Bercow told the Commons this afternoon that he will stand down either at the next election, or at the close of business on Thursday, 31 of October.

Just before Parliament prorogued, MPs rejected UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's second attempt to trigger an early general election in the UK.

He vowed to reduce Prime Minister's Question time to half an hour, call on colleagues in an order of relevance rather than seniority and promised to be a Speaker who "only speaks when necessary".DON'T MISSJohn Bercow: Executive fiat meaning - What does "executive fiat" mean?

But historic parliamentary convention states that he will generally be unopposed by the major political parties, who will not field a candidate in the Speaker's constituency.

But Brexiteer Mr Bridgen criticised the demonstration as "shenanigans and showmanship" and slammed Speaker John Bercow, who became tearful while announcing his resignation plans to MPs yesterday.

But Bercow has not only enabled parliament to challenge the government's position on Brexit, he has entertained and thrilled us with his oratory and wit.

A government source said: 'No one in this Government will be rushing to give Bercow a peerage.

"I will be supporting in her candidacy for Speaker", he said.

Signs with "silenced" written on them were held by some Labour MPs and Green MP Caroline Lucas.

He also said it would be better than after a general election, when new MPs may come under party influence in their choice of the next speaker.

Jeremy Corbyn said that the charismatic speaker had "totally changed the way in which the job has been done", while Labour MP David Lammy described the speaker as "a true protector of our democracy". If, as expected, lawmakers reject the government's attempt to call an election, he said he would quit on October 31 - the day Britain is now due to leave the EU.

Bercow's cries of "Order!".

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