House of Commons Standing Orders — Secret Ballot for Re-Election of a Former Speaker — 26 Mar 2015 at 13:18
Oliver Letwin MP, West Dorset voted to hold a secret ballot when a vote is held on if a former speaker who has been re-elected to the House of Commons ought resume at the start of a new Parliament.
The majority of MPs voted against holding a secret ballot when a vote is held on if a former speaker who has been re-elected to the House of Commons ought resume the chair as speaker at the start of a new Parliament.
The procedure for the re-election of a former speaker was left unchanged as a result of this vote. House of Commons Standing Order 1A sets out the process:
- If at the commencement of a Parliament the Member who was Speaker at the dissolution of the previous Parliament is returned to the House, the Member presiding in accordance with Standing Order No. 1 (Election of the Speaker: Member presiding) shall, when the House meets to proceed with the choice of a Speaker, ascertain whether the former Speaker is willing to be chosen as Speaker, and, the former Speaker having submitted himself to the House, shall call upon a Member to move that he do take the Chair of this House as Speaker; and the question thereon shall be put forthwith.
If the question was contested a normal division with details of how each MP voted recorded and published would be held.
The motion rejected by the majority of MPs taking part in this vote stated:
- That this House notes the recommendation of the Procedure Committee in its Fifth Report of Session 2010-12, 2010 Elections for positions in the House, that the House should be invited to decide between a secret ballot or open division where the question at the start of a new Parliament that a former Speaker take the Chair is challenged, and accordingly makes the following change to Standing Orders, with effect from the beginning of the new Parliament:
- Standing Order 1A (Re-election of former Speaker) Line 11, at end insert—
- “(1A) If that question is contested, it shall be determined by secret ballot, to take place on the same day under arrangements made by the Member presiding, who shall announce the result of the ballot to the House as soon as is practicable.”
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||23||198 (+2 tell)||0||73.6%|
|Lab||189 (+2 tell)||0||0||74.0%|