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The three new deputy speakers elected by secret ballot

Michael Crick | 16:39 UK time, Tuesday, 8 June 2010

MPs have just elected by secret ballot three new deputy speakers, and a very different lot they are from previous holders of the post.

Lindsay Hoyle (Labour) was elected as the new chairman of Ways and Means, while his two deputies are the Conservative Nigel Evans and the former long-standing Treasury minister (and one time ally of Tony Benn) Dawn Primarolo.

Taken with the new Speaker John Bercow, this represents a very new generation in the chair - a long way from the pin-striped knights of the shires and elderly trades union types who used to occupy such offices in the past.

Perhaps the most colourful amongst them is Nigel Evans who briefly served in the Conservative shadow cabinet. Although he is MP for Ribble Valley in Lancashire, Evans still owns (and sometimes works in) the family newsagents shop in his native Swansea - or at least he still did the last time we discussed it a year or two back.




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