James Forsyth

What the Commons should look for in a new Speaker

What the Commons should look for in a new Speaker
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Iain Martin reports that Monday is a key day for the effort to remove the Speaker. Today, the mood seems to have hardened against Michael Martin—I haven’t spoken to anyone who thinks that his position is tenable.

Over at Comment Central, various Times writers have nominated who they would pick as Speaker. On the question as to who is the best individual for the job, I don’t have particularly strong views. But we definitely need a Speaker who is completely committed to transparency. I also think that the next Speaker will have to be an advocate for Parliament, someone who can take on a high-profile role explaining the importance of Parliament and what it does. I know this is not the usual role for the Speaker but with respect for Parliament at such a low ebb, it needs someone who can explain its value. Finally, it is imperative that Martin’s replacement commands respect across the House.

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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