Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Historic day: House of Commons Speaker, Michael Martin quits
This news is quite remarkable and makes today a historic one: Speaker Michael Martin quits: I will step down on June 21 Michael Martin announced his resignation as Speaker of the House of Commons today, the first Speaker to be forced from office for more than 300 years. (link via timesonline.co.uk) It was all over in just 35 seconds: Mr Martin said: “I always feel the House is at its best when it is united. In order that unity can be retained I have decided I will relinquish the office of Speaker on Sunday 21 June. “This will allow the House to proceed to elect a new Speaker on Monday 22 June. “That is all I have to say on this matter.” Profile: Michael Martin (link via politics.co.uk) And now the big question is: Who will be the next Speaker? (link via FT.com/Westminster Blog) What do you think of all this? Do you think the resignation of Michael Martin will be enough to start to rebuild public trust in Parliament in the aftermath of the MPs' expense claims scandal?