New Speaker of the House of Commons to be chosen tonight
MPs are voting to choose John Bercow’s successor as Speaker in the first election for the post in more than a decade. The candidates are bidding to take on the role following Mr Bercow’s departure, with the Commons business today dedicated to this election. Deputy Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle is among those strongly tipped, with fellow Labour MP Harriet Harman – the current longest continuously-serving female MP – also predicted to do well. Ken Clarke, the longest-serving MP and Father of the House, is in the chair to oversee the proceedings. He has announced the results of the first ballot, with several more likely before a winner is declared. Find out the result as soon as it happens on The Telegraph’s liveblog. Here is a reminder of the full list of the candidates.
Meanwhile, it has emerged the Liberal Democrats are set to gain at least a dozenseats across the country, with strong polling giving them momentum as the election campaign begins. The pro-Remain party has been steadily building steam all year, scoring major wins in the May local elections, coming second in the EU election and poaching several MPs from rival parties. Data JournalistJosh Wilson has run the numbers and identifies their 13 target seats outside the Brexit heartlands and 17 vulnerable constituencies they will need to defend.