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These nine MPs are after John Bercow’s job... and one of them may be an even bigger windbag

John Bercow
Candidates to succeed John Bercow as Speaker have pledged to be impartial on Brexit Credit: HOC/Universal News And Sport (Europe)

October 31, 2019 will stand as a momentous day in the history of this country. Generations of schoolchildren will study it. October 31, they will learn, was a day that marked the end of an era, and our first tentative steps, as a nation, into a brave but uncertain future.

The day, in short, that John Bercow stood down as Speaker of the Commons.

Of course, after the period of public mourning is at an end, the tribute programmes have all been shown and the mountains of drooping bouquets have been cleared from Parliament Square, some poor soul will be tasked with succeeding Mr Bercow. The challenge will be daunting. His successor will, at least metaphorically, have big shoes to fill. But today,...

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