The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow has announced on Monday afternoon that he will stand down either tonight if an election is called, or on the 31 October.
Bercow said this is the “least disruptive” course of action, the opposition and Tory Rebels could be seen jeering and clapping at the Speaker. He said that “I will make no apology to anyone, anywhere at any time” for the decisions that he took.
In a speech Bercow told the Commons, “I would like to make a personal statement to the House.
“At the 2017 election I promised my wife and children that it would be my last. This is a pledge that I intend to keep. If the House votes for an early general election, my tenure as Speaker and MP will end when this parliament ends.
“If the House does not so vote I have concluded that the least disruptive and most democratic course of action will be for me to stand down at the close of business on Thursday 31 October.
“This has been the greatest privilege and honour of my professional life for which I will be eternally grateful.”
Bercow said when he took on the position that will only serve nine years in the job.
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