We read this morning that the Speaker will today make a statement about MPs expenses. He should also make a statement about his own position.
Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems have called on him to go. Some senior Labour figures have expressed unease. The Conservative leadership have made clear that any motion of No Confidence is a free vote issue for Conservative MPs, and many are likely to vote against the Speaker. This is an unprecedented position for a Speaker to be in.
Along with most Opposition MPs I did not vote for Michael Martin to become Speaker. Many like me accepted the will of the Labour majority as our democratic duty. Instead of winning us over to his tenure he has lost support by the way he conducts the business of the House. Today he needs to tell us what is going to change, and what his own personal plans are. It cannot go on as it has been.