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Electing the Speaker
18/05/2010 22:18:00

First proper day at work today with the House sitting to elect a Speaker. The House of Commons is much smaller than it appears on tv - there is nowhere near enough room to seat all 650 Members. Most new MPs managed to secure seats because in our enthusiasm we turned up very early (to the mild irritation of some more experienced Members) - I found a perch on the back row directly behind the Prime Minister.

Proceedings were chaired by the new Father of the House Sir Peter Tapsell, who was first elected back in 1959. There had been a lot of speculation that Speaker Bercow wouldn't be re-elected but in the event it went through without a division.

Over the next few days, MPs take it in turns to swear the oath of allegiance to the Queen and her heirs and successors, starting with the Father of the House and members of the Cabinet and ending with us new MPs.

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