Who is new Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle?
Labour MP is described as ‘avuncular’ and an ‘embodiment of the British constitution’
Sir Lindsay Hoyle has been elected as the next Speaker of the House of Commons, defeating Labour’s Chris Bryant by 325 votes to 213 in the final ballot after five hours of voting.
In his acceptance speech, Hoyle, who has been deputy speaker since 2010, said: “I stand by what I said, I stand firm, that I hope this House will be once again a great respected House, not just here but across the world.
“We’ve got to make sure that tarnish is polished away, that the respect and tolerance that we expect from everyone who works in here will be shown and we’ll keep that in order.”
Who is Lindsay Hoyle?
Hoyle, the son of a Labour MP, was “born to the green benches”, The Times says. Doug Hoyle — now Lord Hoyle — stepped down in 1997 as Labour MP for Warrington North to become a peer as his son was elected to Chorley.
The BBC’s parliamentary correspondent, Mark D’Arcy, says a “Westminster savant” described Hoyle as “a kind of embodiment of the British constitution”.
D’Arcy added that the new speaker is “the sort of politician who has been marinated in parliamentary practice so long they have an instinctive feel for its unwritten rules and unspoken conventions”.
The Daily Telegraph says Hoyle’s victory marks an “astonishing triumph of spirit for a man who less than two years ago suffered the devastating loss of a daughter”.
Natalie Lewis-Hoyle, 28, was found hanged at home in Essex in December 2017 amid a relationship described to a coroner as “very toxic”.
In an interview at the weekend, Hoyle said: “We’ve lost a daughter and it’s affected us in ways I’ve never expected. It’s coming up to that anniversary, so it’s the hardest thing. It makes life very difficult.”
Boris Johnson congratulated Sir Lindsay on his election and praised all the other candidates in an “extremely strong field”. However, one verdict was less kind. Speaking to The Times, the unnamed critic described Hoyle as “weak and he’s vain”.
Eight other MPs had put themselves forward for the role. Tory MPs Sir Henry Bellingham, Shailesh Vara, Sir Edward Leigh and Dame Eleanor Laing, and Labour’s Meg Hillier, Dame Rosie Winterton, Harriet Harman and Chris Bryant.
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