Monday, 22 June 2009
The new Speaker of the House of Commons has been elected. John Bercow won on the third ballot by 322-271 votes . He remains the Speaker-Elect until confirmed by the Queen (expected at 9.45pm today.) He is regarded as the 157th Speaker of the House of Commons. The line of Speakers is generally traced back to Sir Peter De La Mere in 1376.
A Biography can be found at http://biographies.parliament.uk/parliament/default.asp?id=25808.
His own website is http://www.johnbercow.co.uk/
A House of Commons Library Paper is available at http://www.parliament.uk/documents/upload/m02.pdf about the roles and history of the Speaker.