Labour MP Sir Lindsay Hoyle has been voted in as the 158th speaker of the House of Commons.
Formerly the deputy speaker and favourite to secure the role, he was dragged by fellow MPs to the chair as tradition dictates.
In his acceptance speech, Sir Lindsay said: “This house will change, but it will change for the better. I hope this house will be once again be a great, respected house not just here but across the world.
“We've got to make sure that tarnish is polished away."
Sir Lindsay also paid tribute to his late daughter Natalie Lewis-Hoyle, 28, who died in December 2017.
MPs have voted in favour of @LindsayHoyle_MP as the new Speaker of the House of Commons, with 325 votes.— UK House of Commons (@HouseofCommons) 4 November 2019
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Earlier, he had acknowledged former speaker Betty Boothroyd, who watched from the side gallery, as a “great hero” of his.
Sir Lindsay follows in the footsteps of John Bercow, who stood down last week after 10 years in the Commons chair, shouting “Order, Order!” for the last time on Thursday.
A total of 562 MPs cast votes in the first secret ballot of today’s speaker election, in three rounds, waiting for a candidate to win more than 50% of the vote.
Many predicted Sir Lindsay would win it. The Labour MP for Chorley won 211 votes in the first round, 244 in the second, and 267 in the third.
In the fourth and final round against fellow Labour MP Chris Bryant, Sir Linsday won 325 votes against 213 for Mr Bryant.
In his opening pitch, Sir Lindsay highlighted his experience as a deputy speaker for nine years, and stressed the need to allow backbench MPs to hold those in power to account.
He said the Commons is “not a club” where length of service takes priority, adding: “The person who walked through that door yesterday is just as important to their constituents – their voice must be heard as well – and the pecking order ought not to be there, it is about equality.”
Sir Lindsay promised to be a “champion of the house” and vowed to push on with security reforms to keep MPs, their families, staff and the Commons safe.
Seven candidates had bid to take on the role after Mr Bercow’s departure.
The other candidates were Mr Bryant, Labour’s Harriet Harman, the longest continuously serving female MP; Dame Rosie Winterton, also Labour, and Tory Dame Eleanor Laing, who also both served as Mr Bercow’s deputies; Labour’s Meg Hillier; plus the Conservative Sir Edward Leigh.
Who is Sir Lindsay Hoyle?
The Labour MP for Chorley since 1997, he has been deputy speaker since 2010 and is said to be a popular figure in Westminster.
Is he a leaver or a remainer?
Although Sir Lindsay is firmly rooted in his Lancashire constituency of Chorley, which supported Leave in the 2016 referendum, he has never declared his views on Brexit.
His ruling as deputy speaker last month to reject the amendment that would have given 16 and 17-year-olds and EU nationals the right to vote in the December 12 elections, though, has been seen as a huge boost for the Prime Minister and Brexiteers.
Sir Lindsay has refused to say how he voted in the 2016 Brexit referendum and is competing with Dame Eleanor, the Tory MP for Epping Forest, for the backing of Brexiteer MPs.
How much will he get paid?
Sir Lindsay will receive £75,766 for being the speaker, on top of his MP salary for Chorley, bringing his total salary to around £150,000.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is paid broadly around the same at £150,402 a year, which includes the basic salary for an MP – currently set at £74, 962.
What does the speaker do?
The speaker is the chief officer and highest authority of the House of Commons and must remain politically impartial at all times.
He represents the Commons to the monarch, the Lords and other authorities and chairs the House of Commons Commission.
But the speaker is perhaps best known as the person who keeps order and calls MPs to speak during Commons debates.
He calls MPs in turn to give their opinion on an issues and directs an MP to withdraw remarks if, for example, they use abusive language.
The speaker can suspend the sitting of the House due to serious disorder.