Sir Lindsay Hoyle (Labour, Chorley since 1997). An incumbent deputy speaker since 2010, he abstains on all Brexit votes and does not have a public stance. Odds: 4/5 (Ladbrokes, William Hill) 8/11 (Betfred)
Tuesday, 10 September 2019
NEXT SPEAKER FRONTRUNNERS
With the odious John Bercow standing down at Halloween, here are the frontrunners to replace him.
Harriet Harman (Labour, Camberwell & Peckham since 1982). The longest serving female MP and a vocal Remainer who has voted in favour of revoking Article 50 (despite voting to trigger it in 2017). Odds: 11/4 (Betfred, Ladbrokes, William Hill)
Dame Eleanor Laing (Conservative, Epping Forest since 1997). Another deputy speaker (since 2013) and therefore does not have a public stance on Brexit. Odds: 8/1 (Betfred, Ladbrokes), 10/1 (William Hill)
Chris Bryant (Labour, Rhondda since 2001). Nicknamed 'Captain Underpants' after his exploits on a gay website, Bryant has been eyeing up the Speaker's role for a while. An ardent Remainer, he has consistently voted to block Brexit at every opportunity, at odds with his constituency which returned a 60% Leave vote. Odds: 10/1 (Betfred, William Hill), 16/1 (Ladbrokes)
Charles Walker (Conservative, Broxbourne since 2005). The only known Brexiteer among the favourites, he came out strongly in support of Bercow during a Tory plot to remove him in 2015. Odds: 12/1 (Betfred, William Hill), 16/1 (Ladbrokes)