John Bercow completed his final day in the Speaker’s chair last week, after serving a decade in the role. MPs will now be voting for Mr Bercow’s replacement as Speaker, with eight candidates putting themselves forward for the role. Whoever is elected as Speaker will only be in the role for one day, before Parliament is dissolved on November 6 at one minute past midnight.
Eight MPs have put themselves forward to succeed John Bercow as Speaker of the House of Commons.
Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Labour MP for Chorley and currently one of the deputy Speaker’s is widely considered to be the favourite to succeed Mr Bercow.
However, Mr Hoyle faces fierce competition from Labour MP Harriet Harman, and fellow deputy Speaker’s Dame Eleanor Laing and Dame Rosie Winterton.
Candidates had until 10.30am to hand in their nominations, which must have been signed by 12 to 15 MPs, including at least three MPs from a different party to the person they are nominating.
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What time is the vote for Speaker today?
MPs will be voting today for the next Speaker of the House of Commons.
At 2.30pm, candidates for the role will be giving short speeches in the House of Commons.
The order the candidates give their speeches will be decided by drawing lots.
Father of the House Ken Clarke, the longest-serving male MP, will sit in the chair when the chamber is convened.
MPs will then have 20 minutes to vote in a secret ballot.
It will then take approximately an hour for the votes to be counted.
A result for who will be the next Speaker is expected to be announced this evening.
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How will the new Speaker be elected?
A candidate must receive more than half of the votes to be elected.
If no one passes this threshold on the first round, the candidate with the least votes will be dropped out of the race.
Anyone who receives less than five percent of the vote will also be removed from the running.
Candidates will also be given the option to withdraw after each round.
Only when one candidate receives more than half of the votes will voting stop, and a new Speaker will be elected.
How to stream Speaker vote online
To watch the results live, many TV channels will be broadcasting live this evening.
To watch online, it will be livestreamed on parliamentlive.tv.
Parliamentlive.tv carries live coverage of Parliament’s main halls and Select Committees.
You can also watch the BBC’s parliamentary coverage on BBC Parliament live on iPlayer.
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