Well done to Douglas Carswell and to the Labour MPs who supported his motion. It was part of the process to change Speakers.
I hope readers can now see the wisdom of the judgement made by David Cameron and the front bench. If the Speaker was to go it was important he was not brought down by the official opposition party. He was brought down by a growing feeling throughout the House that he had to go. If he had not resigned today, more of us would have signed the Carswell motion, making sure the new names were balanced between parties. Every day that went by with the motion not for debate it would have weakened the Speaker further.
It was never possible to change the Speaker on Conservative votes. Labour had to see the case for change. Reluctanctly some of them did.
It is too early to say who will emerge. Frank Field and George Young are the current favourites, but there are several others who fancy the job.