Commons Speaker John Bercow will quit his role in the Commons by the October 31st Brexit deadline, he announced today.
Mr Bercow, who has spent a decade as Speaker, told MPs of his decision in an impassioned speech on Monday and described his position as ‘the greatest privilege of my professional life’.
He also made a heartfelt tribute to his family as his wife Sally watched from the Commons gallery during Mr Bercow’s emotional announcement.
The outpouring of feeling was not mutual however – as most Tory MPs refused to join Labour counterparts in giving Mr Bercow a standing ovation.
Addressing MPs in the Commons, Mr Bercow said: “At the 2017 election, I promised my wife and children that it would be my last.
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