Many of you think I amk feeble in not leading the calls for the resignation of the Speaker. Some of you think I am afraid he will not call me if I do.
Let me make it clear. He frequently does not call me anyway. I am not one to be silenced by such considerations.
I did not vote for him. I would like better leadership of the Commons.
It is my judgement that if I tried to lead moves to challenge him it would not help resolve the current mess. Labour put him in, and Labour have the power either to keep him or displace him. We need to see how Labour attitudes to him change over the days ahead. His decision to argue with MPs who are critical of the current mess clearly lost him some Labour support. Time will tell how much Labour support he still enjoys. You all need to remember just how outnumbered the Conservative party is in this Parliament. If you want to remove a Speaker it is numbers that count. All the time he commands a majority we have to behave appropriately.