Speaker Martin to resign today

Speaker Michael Martin is to resign today. He is expected to announce his resignation at 14:30 in the House of Commons.

I suspect he’ll try to get away with stepping down at the General Election, in order to hang onto his generous salary and pension. Should he be so daft, he’ll face another raft of moves against him, such as Douglas Carswell’s Substantive Motion of no confidence in the Speaker, which would have to be permitted by Gordon Brown in order to be debated in the Commons. This would put Brown in an intolerable position because Brown had previously told the country that this is “not a matter for the Government”. He’d be forced to admit that he was wrong, or lying.

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