Due to the carefully calculated timing of the Buckingham MP’s departure from the chair the chances of installing a Brexiteer to the chair are slim. This is because the vote to elect a replacement is now likely to happen before a general election which means Boris Johnson will not have a majority to back a pro-Brexit candidate.
Mr Bercow’s emotional resignation speech on Monday, hours after Parliament was prorogued for five weeks, drew applause from the opposition benches but few Tory MPs rose for the standing ovation.
Mr Bercow is seen as a somewhat unpopular figure among many Conservatives for anti-Brexit comments he made in the past.
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After 10 years in the chair, Mr Bercow will resign at the end of what he predicts to be a “quite lively” week after the votes on the Queen’s speech.
Among those who have already declared they are running in the race include former minister Harriet Harman and Deputy Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle.
Both Labour MPs are the bookies’ favourites to win the top spot.
Fellow Deputy Speaker Eleanor Laing, a Tory MP for Epping Forest, has also said she will run for the job, as will the third deputy Dame Rosie Winterton.
And in an email to fellow MPs, Labour MP for Rhondda Chris Bryant announced his intention to stand for the top spot.
He vowed to reduce Prime Minister’s Question time to half an hour, call on colleagues in an order of relevance rather than seniority and promised to be a Speaker who “only speaks when necessary”.