Lindsay Hoyle Elected as New Speaker

Lindsay Hoyle has been selected by MPs as the new Speaker of the House of Commons, following four ballots. Hoyle, who was previously the Deputy Speaker, won the final ballot against Chris Bryant by 325 votes to 215 votes.

Other candidates who took part in the ballot were Meg Hillier, Edward Leigh, Rosie Winterton, Harriet Harman and Eleanor Laing.

Prime Minister’s Future Uncertain as Supreme Court Confirms Prorogation was Unlawful

Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, acted unlawfully in proroguing Parliament the Supreme Court has announced. The Prime Minister is now under intense pressure to resign, although he had earlier indicated that he didn’t currently intend to do so.

The court decided that Johnson acted illegally and has reversed the prorogation of Parliament, leaving the decision on what to do now to the Speaker of the House of Commons. The decision stated that Johnson’s advice to the Monarch was “unlawful, void and of no effect”.

The President of the Supreme Court,  Lady Hale, said on Johnson’s unlawful advice:

“The effect on the fundamentals of our democracy was extreme.”

John Bercow Referred to Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons, has been referred to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards after it was alleged that he called Andrea Leadsom “a stupid woman”. The complaint has come from James Duddridge, the Conservative MP for Rochford and Southend East, who also called for audio and video evidence to be carefully examined.

Bercow, who has been accused of numerous serious allegations which he denies, had previously said that he would stand down by June 2018.