UK lawmakers elect new Parliament speaker

5 November 2019
2019-11-05 13:59

Long-serving Labour Party lawmaker Lindsay Hoyle was elected speaker of Britain's House of Commons on Monday. Hoyle was chosen by lawmakers from among seven candidates to replace the influential but contentious Bercow. Bercow retired last week after a decade as speaker that saw him become a central, and contentious, player in Britain's Brexit drama. Hoyle took 325 of the 540 votes in a runoff. He vowed to bring a change of tone and temperament to a political system that has been strained by Brexit. Hoyle promised to be "neutra", ''transparent" and restore Parliament's battered reputation.

-- End --