It’s a tradition (and there are a lot of those in Parliament) that the new Speaker of the House of Commons is dragged to their chair. It seems that the current Speaker, John Bercow MP, might have to be dragged away from it.
Bercow is a controversial and not that well-liked Speaker. There have been concerns over his impartiality in the Brexit debates and plenty of MP’s would love to see the back of him. He had stated that his time as Speaker would only be nine years. He’s now in his tenth year but wants to continue until Brexit is resolved, one way or another. So, when he does finally leave his post, who will become the new Speaker, let’s take a look at the current odds.
Hoyle is Current Favourite
The favourite to take over as Speaker is Lindsay Hoyle. He’s odds on with most bookies and is 4/5 (1.8) at Coral. Hoyle is the Labour MP for Chorley and is currently one of three Deputy Speakers and a member of the Privy Council.
Hoyle hit the headlines two years ago when reprimanding the SNP members of Parliament. Mind you, they were singing ‘Ode to Joy’ during a Brexit debate.
Harriet Has the Experience
The only female Speaker has been Betty Boothroyd and she was a massive hit. Harriet Harman is 4/1 (5.0) at Ladbrokes to become the new Speaker. Harman has previously been the deputy leader of the Labour party and has said she’d consider running for the job. She certainly has plenty of experience of life in the Commons. Elected in 1982, Harman is currently the longest serving female MP.
Paddy Power have odds of 16/1 (17.0) on Jacob Rees-Mogg being the new Speaker. He’s always said that he doesn’t want to lead the Tory party so perhaps this is the big job he can apply for. The current Speaker is a Conservative and not since 1965 have there been two consecutive Conservative Speakers so perhaps he might have to wait a while.