Wednesday 17 June 2009

How Ken Clarke will vote in the Speaker's election

The shadow business secretary told Lobbydog he's planning to vote for Sir George Young.

He says Sir George has the experience and knowledge of parliamentary procedure behind the scenes and in the House.

"It needs to be someone with great personal respect and an air of authority," he said.

"He is a man of impeccable integrity."

Clarke added that Margaret Beckett has enough authority to do the job, but he wants it to be a Tory.

So if it comes down to a choice between her and John Bercow, he'll go for Bercow.

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