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    Speaker Martin to resign!

    The Commons Speaker Michael Martin is to resign from his post this afternoon, Commons sources said today.

    Mr Martin, the veteran Labour MP for Glasgow North East, is believed to have reached his decision after losing the trust of the Prime Minister.

    Mr Martin is expected to inform MPs of his decision at the start of Commons business this afternoon. He is expected to leave with immediate effect, rather than trying to stay on in the post until the next election.

    The move will avert debate on a no-confidence motion tabled by a Tory backbencher, and follows amazing scenes in the House yesterday when a string of senior MPs rose to challenge Mr Martin's authority and demand his resignation over his handling of the scandal into MPs' expenses.

    If Mr Martin had lost that vote, he would have been the first Speaker forced from office since Sir John Trevor was removed in 1695 for taking bribes
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    Speaker Martin 'to resign this afternoon' - Times Online

    One down ..... just another 400 odd left.
    Such a shame i couldn't see him forced out but i hope the MPs don't think that just because the Speaker is forced out, it'll stop anger.

    Bye Martin. Don't let the door hit you on the way out
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    Re: Speaker Martin to resign!

    You know, this is one of the things that I admire about British politics. I wish the US had politicians that resigned...

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    Re: Speaker Martin to resign!

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    You know, this is one of the things that I admire about British politics. I wish the US had politicians that resigned...
    Gordon Brown didn't want the resignation - it now forces an election in Michael Martin's Glasgow seat and Labour have done really badly in Scotland since the last general election.

    I somehow don't think Martin resigned out of "honorable principle" - he is going because Gordon Brown was getting the blame for not taking action quicker. The opposition parties (particularly Nick Cleggs Liberals) were going to make this one run and run.

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    Re: Speaker Martin to resign!

    Once again I prove to be clueless about politics in other countries. Thank you for the clarification.

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    Re: Speaker Martin to resign!

    UK right now is like watching what will be happening in the US in the near future.
    From speakers to PM/President.

    AT the moment the only thing the US doesn't have yet is a scandal of Congress spending taxpayer money on elaborate living..but I'm sure Congress will manage to "change" that.
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    Re: Speaker Martin to resign!

    We do have a congressional scandal involving steering contracts to family members though!

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    Re: Speaker Martin to resign!

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    We do have a congressional scandal involving steering contracts to family members though!
    So do we but i remember when one MP paid thousands for his Son, he got torn apart by the media and lost all his political credibility and was sent to the backbench in effect sending him to the wilderness.


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    Re: Speaker Martin to resign!

    Quote Originally Posted by Triad View Post
    UK right now is like watching what will be happening in the US in the near future.
    From speakers to PM/President.

    AT the moment the only thing the US doesn't have yet is a scandal of Congress spending taxpayer money on elaborate living..but I'm sure Congress will manage to "change" that.
    I thought the US speaker represents the party with the majority?
    The main difference is that in UK when a speaker goes on the chair, he leaves behind all political ties and become neutral. He is no longer part of the partisan squabble, he [or rather she] should be above that.

    It's interesting watching the affair with Pelosi, can you oust her from power too? :P


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    Re: Speaker Martin to resign!

    BBC NEWS | Politics | Speaker: Runners and riders

    Place your bets!
    I bet alot it will be a Conservative Speaker next, as tradition demands.


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    Re: Speaker Martin to resign!

    Quote Originally Posted by Laila View Post
    I thought the US speaker represents the party with the majority?
    The main difference is that in UK when a speaker goes on the chair, he leaves behind all political ties and become neutral. He is no longer part of the partisan squabble, he [or rather she] should be above that.

    It's interesting watching the affair with Pelosi, can you oust her from power too? :P
    How practical is this neutrality? Does it actually work that way?

    Pelosi is unlikely to be ousted from power I suspect. She acted poorly, but it already seems to be fading into the background. She has not yet broken any laws that any one could successfully prosecute. Unless she opens her mouth and self destructs some more, I don't see her being asked to step down from being speaker.

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