Bercow re-elected as Commons Speaker

Buckingham MP John Bercow
Buckingham MP John Bercow

John Bercow has been re-elected Speaker of the House of Commons.

The Buckingham MP will continue the role he began in 2009, after he was re-elected without a vote.

John Bercow

John Bercow

If a single MP had objected to him continuing, a vote of all MPs would have been held.

But, as in 2010, he was re-elected without a vote when MPs gathered for the first time since the General Election today.

The Speaker keeps order during House of Commons debates, determining which members may speak and punishing members who break the rules.

Because Mr Bercow is Speaker, Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives did not stand against him at the election.

This effectively meant that more than 70,000 constituents could not vote for the three main parties.

On the final day of the last parliament, former leader of the house William Hague pushed for a secret ballot to try and oust the Speaker.

But the proposal was defeated when rebel Tories joined forces with Labour to block them.