Intriguing start to Speaker ballot
The first round of voting confirmed my first impressions of the Speaker hustings. Sir George Young did better than many expected.
The vote confirmed John Bercow as the man to beat although Margaret Beckett did much worse than many had anticipated.
Mr Bercow's performance reminded many MPs I've spoken to why they had never planned to back him. It alienated a few that were planning to.
Sir George Young's witty and politically astute speech wooed a few who'd not previously been tempted to back him.
For Young to win, a lot of Labour and Lib Dem MPs will have to hold their nose and vote for someone they regard as "a Tory toff". What's more, the Tories cannot afford to be split between Young and Beckett backers.