Labour MPs head the betting market to be next House of Commons Speaker
John Bercow recently announced his announcement to retire from his position as Speaker of the House of Commons and the race has already begun to step into his shoes. Two Labour MPs are early frontrunners to replace Bercow in what is a hugely influential position with Chorley MP Sir Lindsay Hoyle 11/10 favourite as things stand and Camberwell & Peckham MP Harriet Harman a close second in the betting market at 7/4.
The position of Speaker has traditionally alternated between the two main political parties and while precedent certainly counts for little in what are undoubtedly turbulent times, it seems very likely that Conservative Bercow will be succeeded by someone from the main opposition party, not least because the Conservative government doesn’t have an overall majority.
Hoyle’s credentials are extremely good given that he is a well respected figure who is currently Deputy Speaker. He has made clear his desire to succeed Bercow and he was in the Speaker’s Chair when Westminster was subjected to terrorist attacks in 2017.
Harman has hinted in the past that she would like to take on the role of Speaker and there can be little doubt that she possess a great deal of Parliamentary experience. She has been an MP for 37 years and has held various roles at the top level including Acting Leader of the Labour Party. Her Brexit stance has been moderate and this would hold her in good stead with the soft brexiteers and remainers in both main parties.
Next Speaker of the House of Commons – Ladbrokes Odds
11/10 – Lindsay Hoyle
7/4 – Harriet Harman
10/1 – Chris Bryant
12/1 – Eleanor Laing
25/1 – Frank Field
25/1 – Edward Leigh
33/1 – Owen Paterson
33/1 – Michael Fabricant
33/1 – Peter Bottomley