How the Commons Speaker could be ousted

Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the Speaker of the House of Commons, is under increasing pressure
Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the Speaker of the House of Commons, is under increasing pressure - Jessica Taylor/AFP

Pressure on Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the Commons Speaker, is continuing to mount over his handling of a debate on a ceasefire in Gaza.

A raft of Tory and SNP MPs have called for Sir Linsday to go after he decided to allow the Labour amendment on Wednesday, sparking accusations of favouritism towards the party he represented for two decades.

Here, The Telegraph explains how MPs could go about removing a Speaker.

Can a speaker be removed by MPs?

There is no formal means by which a Commons Speaker can be removed from the post, but the Speaker holds the chair with the support of the whole of the House.

If it were to become clear that he no longer had the confidence of MPs, it would become very difficult for him to remain in the role.

If a sufficient number of MPs expressed a loss of confidence in the Speaker, it would undermine his authority in the Commons and could pave the way for him to go.

How would MPs do that?

There is already an Early Day Motion (EDM) that has been tabled against Sir Lindsay. The motion reads “That this House has no confidence in Mr Speaker” and was brought by William Wragg, the Conservative MP.

It has been signed by at least 56 MPs from the Tory and SNP benches.

The outcome of an EDM is not binding, and is not part of any formal process. But EDMs are used by MPs to put on record their strength of feeling on a particular issue.

Could there be a vote of no confidence against a Speaker?

Yes – there is precedent for votes of no confidence to be tabled against a Commons Speaker.

Michael Martin, who held the position between 2000 and 2009, faced such a vote after a revolt from MPs over his handling of the expenses scandal.

He resigned on the day that the confidence motion was tabled by Douglas Carswell, then a Tory MP, but before the vote was able to reach the Commons.