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Margaret Beckett is now apparently the punters' favourite to become next speaker.

Her parliamentary majority is 5,657.

Could be an interim speaker then.


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Nooo! Please not la Beckett (famously dubbed Rosa Klebb by Private Eye during her time at DEFRA). I'd rather have Widdecombe - as speaker, that is...
Jun 19, 2009 at 8:56 PM | Unregistered CommenterJames P
I think the Speakers seat is not contested.
Jun 19, 2009 at 9:24 PM | Unregistered CommenterKit
How dull! It's probably why she wants the job.
Jun 19, 2009 at 9:44 PM | Registered CommenterBishop Hill
As one of her constituents there are many and various reasons why I hope that she doesn't get the job then. We need someone who is prepared to face the electorate.
Jun 20, 2009 at 7:41 AM | Unregistered CommenterSandy S
I don't know of any law that says the Speaker's seat has to be uncontested: it is merely a convention.

Presumably the Tories and LibDems wouldn't put up a candidate, but UKiP might have a chance of unseating her.
Jun 20, 2009 at 3:12 PM | Unregistered CommenterJeff Wood
I'm sure she'll be worried - 1 day is enough to qualify for the speaker's pension for life in addition to her MP pension
Jun 22, 2009 at 11:03 AM | Unregistered CommenterIanH

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