Due to the carefully calculated timing of the Buckingham MP’s departure from the chair the chances of installing a Brexiteer to the chair are slim. This is because the vote to elect a replacement is now likely to happen before a general election which means Boris Johnson will not have a majority to back a pro-Brexit candidate.
Mr Bercow’s emotional resignation speech on Monday, hours after Parliament was prorogued for five weeks, drew applause from the opposition benches but few Tory MPs rose for the standing ovation.
Mr Bercow is seen as a somewhat unpopular figure among many Conservatives for anti-Brexit comments he made in the past.
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After 10 years in the chair, Mr Bercow will resign at the end of what he predicts to be a “quite lively” week after the votes on the Queen’s speech.
Among those who have already declared they are running in the race include former minister Harriet Harman and Deputy Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle.
Both Labour MPs are the bookies’ favourites to win the top spot.
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Once elected, the Speaker is expected to resign from his or her political party and remain impartial.
Prominent parties usually do not filed candidates against the Speaker in a general election, the person in the chair standing as “the Speaker seeking re-election”.
Last week the Tories announced they were planning on braking with precedent and standing a candidate against Mr Bercow in the next poll.
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