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Boris HAD a majority of 6, including the DUP. But then he effectively expelled twenty some Conservative rebels. So he is at least 14 votes short of a majority unless he gets help from other parties. Some of the Rebels may agree to a compromise choice, one thought to be impartial, if such a person exists, but if the nominee is a hardline Brexiteer I have my doubts. Perhaps those closer to the situation can clarify.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Sep 9th, 2019 at 08:03:39 PM EST
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Tradition is that the appointment is Tory one time, Labour the next. Since Bercow is (nominally) Tory, the next Speaker is likely to be Labour. Probables are Lindsay Hoyle (a current Deputy Speaker) or Chris Bryant. Both Labour.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Tue Sep 10th, 2019 at 07:04:48 AM EST
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Boris is driving a bulldozer through tradition...

If he could muster a majority for a Tory toady speaker, he would. But he can't. So it will be a Labour MP.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Tue Sep 10th, 2019 at 08:56:30 AM EST
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OMG. I was reading up on RUSSIA CAMPAIGN 2019 in the wee hours. The Federation finished regularly scheduled local and gubernatorial elections 8 Sep.

COME TO FIND OUT, from opposition presses hither and yon, all the candidates--even Navalny's "Smart Vote" vanguard-- are United Russia m-m-moles.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Sep 10th, 2019 at 02:50:57 PM EST
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