Buckingham MP to stay as Speaker

18 May 2010, 15:10 | Updated: 18 May 2010, 15:18

Buckingham's MP's going to keep his job as Speaker of the House of Commons.

Critics of John Bercow (pictured) had been expected to force a vote against him when Parliament sat on Tuesday 18 May 2010, for the first time since the General Election.

A vote was not called however and Mr Bercow was re-elected unopposed.

John Bercow has been Speaker in the Commons since June 2009, when Michael Martin was forced from his job in the wake of the expenses scandal.

The fact Mr Bercow was the Speaker before the General Election meant people in Buckingham and places like Haddenham didn't get a choice of Conservative, Labour and Lib Dem candidates in the vote on 6 May.  This is because the major parties do not normally field candidates against the Speaker, who is politically neutral.

Although no longer strictly a 'Conservative', John Bercow was re-elected Buckingham MP at the 2010 Election and still represents people in the Buckingham constituency, which covers the town of Buckingham but also places like Haddenham and Winslow.