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David Laws confirmed as nominator for Bercow

By Julian Harris
June 22nd, 2009 at 6:57 pm | Comments Off on David Laws confirmed as nominator for Bercow | Posted in Uncategorized

Courtesy of the Guardian, John Bercow has named his nominators. Notably only one Tory graces the list:

  • Dai Davies
  • Charles Walker
  • Malcolm Bruce
  • Adam Price
  • Karen Buck
  • Sandra Gidley
  • Julie Morgan
  • Natascha Engel
  • Peter Kilfoyle
  • David Laws
  • Anne Begg
  • Pete Wishart
  • Sadiq Khan
  • Patricia Hewitt
  • Mark Durkan

Hmm, I’m sure David has his reasons…

Notably, Malcolm Bruce (panelist of Liberal Vision’s second ever conference event) and Sandra Gidley make up the Lib Dem contingent.

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If we had FPTP for the Speaker’s position

By Julian Harris
June 22nd, 2009 at 6:49 pm | Comments Off on If we had FPTP for the Speaker’s position | Posted in Uncategorized

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A brief observation for our passing Tories:

If we had First Past The Post for this election, Bercow would have already won (!)

Ooomph!








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Finally, LibDem MPs have some real power at Westminster

By Mark Littlewood
June 22nd, 2009 at 5:22 pm | Comments Off on Finally, LibDem MPs have some real power at Westminster | Posted in UK Politics

On the basis of the first round results, it would appear that the identity of the next Speaker depends on how the LibDem MPs split between Bercow and Young in the later rounds (assuming most of them voted for Alan Beith in the first round).

Power at last – let’s hope it’s used wisely…

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Speaker 1st round…preserve us from Bercow…

By Mark Littlewood
June 22nd, 2009 at 5:09 pm | 4 Comments | Posted in UK Politics

The winning post is 296.

Beckett 74, Beith 55 , Bercow 179, Cormack 13 , Dhanda 26 , Haselhurst 66 , Lord 9, Shepherd 15, Widdecombe 44, Young 112, Spoilt ballots 1

Please can every right-thinking MP now switch their vote to George Young? It’s now a staright race between him and Bercow (although Beckett, Beith, Haselhurst and Widdecombe have not been formally eliminated)

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Cable should be next speaker – The Times

By Mark Littlewood
May 20th, 2009 at 3:07 pm | 5 Comments | Posted in UK Politics

Today’s Times argues that Vince’s time has come.

The latest odds are here. Surely, John Bercow is only supported by Labour loyalists who want an anti-Cameron Tory?

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