UK House of Commons' Speaker resigns
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
The British , the Right Honourable MP, told Parliament that he will "relinquish the office of Speaker on Sunday, 21st June". This preempts a vote of confidence in him that was scheduled later this week. He will also step down as the Member of Parliament for , which will cause a by-election.of the
In his statement to Parliament, Martin said he is standing down "in order that unity can be maintained," as he believes "that the House is at its best when it is united."
Martin, Speaker since 2000, yesterday made a statement to the House of Commons, when he apologised both personally and on behalf of the House over the.
David Miliband, the British , then took questions, and noted the House would give tributes at a later date, as the Speaker said he had nothing else to say on the subject. Bob Spink, Independant MP for , however, gave the Speaker "the warmest possible tribute," a sentiment shared by other members who cried "hear hear."
On the other hand, BBC, said on his blog that "in the end, he had no choice" but to resign and claimed "he failed to see this crisis coming.", political editor for the
This is the first time since 1695 that a Speaker has been effectively forced out of office, whenwas found guilty of accepting a bribe.