Carswell tables motion to oust Speaker Martin

The odious Speaker Martin was in a foul mood in the Commons today as he read his statement on MPs expenses to the House. Perhaps he was aware of Douglas Carswell’s looming motion of no confidence, the text of which was approved today.

Martin has brought Parliament into disrepute with his partisan stance, stifling debate, pushing through lax expenses ‘rules’, abusing the expenses privilege and worst of all, allowing the police to arrest Damian Green and calling for a police enquiry into leaks on expenses.

Speaker Martin has form in bringing the police into the Commons. This alone should be enough to persuade MPs to back Carswell’s motion of no confidence because he is there to protect MPs’ rights to represent their constituents against abuses of power.

Today, he vented his spleen on Kate Hoey when she dared suggest that police time would be better spent on policing, rather than investigating leaks in the Commons. Kate Hoey told Eddie Mair on PM tonight that she wished Betty Boothroyd were still the Speaker. It takes guts to say that and Hoey has proven herself to be a conviction politician with integrity – qualities sorely lacking in the Commons these days.

Michael Martin is an utter disgrace and should go as soon as possible.

Douglas Carswell blogs:

Motion of no confidence in the Speaker

Enough is enough.

I’ve drafted the text of a motion for the Speaker to quit, and to be replaced by a new Speaker with a mandate to clean up the Commons. I’m consulting the Commons Table Office for advice on it.

I’m also starting to canvass for support for it from colleagues.

UPDATE: Table Office has just approved some text for a suitable motion.

Write to your MP and urge him/her to back Carswell’s motion.

Let’s hope Carswell manages to get the required number of votes to oust the despicable man.

Update: The Spectator wades in


2 Responses to “Carswell tables motion to oust Speaker Martin”

  1. Wrinkled Weasel Says:

    He was jabbing his fat finger at Kate Hoey and I fully expected him to go over and nut her. He really should go back to where he belongs – the gutter.

  2. Faust Says:


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