I understand the growing anger about the Speaker, which some of you have written to me about. Some of you ask, do I support a motion of No Confidence in the Speaker?
I did not vote for Speaker Martin when he was first elected. I accept his authority by virtue of his holding the office, all the time it is the wish of the House that he is Speaker. He holds his office because he commanded a strong majority of the majority party when he was elected.
In these circumstances the issue rests with the Labour majority. They elected him, and they will determine whether he stays in office for the rest of this Parliament. If Labour now wants a motion of No Confidence then I will tell you how I will vote once it is tabled with Labour support. A partisan Conservative motion against the Speaker would not be a helpful idea at this juncture.