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Politics news – live: Sir Lindsay Hoyle voted new Commons Speaker as Farage unveils 600 Brexit Party candidates

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General Election 2019: What you need to know

Sir Lindsay Hoyle has been elected as the new Speaker of the House of Commons, winning the fourth and final ballot with a commanding 325 votes to Chris Bryant's 213.

Parliament missed the chance to elect its second female Speaker in 600 years, as Dame Eleanor Laing and Harriet Harman, the longest-ever continuously serving female MP, left the race.

Party leaders congratulated Mr Hoyle on his appointment, with Mr Johnson appearing to make a not-so-subtle dig at outgoing Speaker John Bercow as he stressed the need for the position to be impartial.

Earlier in the day, Nigel Farage accused the Conservatives of “conceited arrogance” as he unveiled 600 Brexit Party candidates who could split the Leave vote and scupper Boris Johnson’s chances of electoral victory.

Farage claimed the election is “likely” to result in a hung parliament and his MPs would be kingmakers. The senior Tory Jacob Rees-Mogg has pleaded with Mr Farage to “retire from the field ... it would be a great shame if he carries on fighting”.

Labour were forced to deny reports of an “allotment plot” which saw Jeremy Corbyn and his allies agreed to make the opposition a Remain party – before the plan was foiled by Corbyn’s adviser Seumas Milne.


Jacob Rees-Mogg says Nigel Farage should now ‘retire’

Some leading Brexiteers are suddenly appear to be extremely frustrated with Nigel Farage.

The Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg has said The Brexit Party leader should “retire from the field” now that “his life’s work” of getting the UK out of the EU is almost done.

Rees-Mogg also told LBC that the prime minister’s deal is “a fundamental delivery of Brexit. I’m afraid Nigel is seeking out bogeymen where they don’t exist”.

He added: “It would be a great shame if he carries on fighting after he has already won to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.”

The Tory MP’s fellow ERG member Steve Baker said Farage “risks being the man who threw away Brexit”, while another Conservative Brexiteer Mark Francois said at the end of last week that The Brexit Party leader’s “ego” was getting the better of him.

Brexit-backing QC Martin Howe said Farage had “spent a long time fighting the EU as a guerilla in the mountains” but it was now time “to come down from the mountains and lend your strength to Boris’s Conservative army”.

Adam Forrest4 November 2019 10:19

Plaid Cymru says Wales ‘held back by Westminster’

Nigel Farage may steal most of the headlines today when he unveils 600 Brexit Party candidates at a hall in Westminster, but it’s not the only big event today.

Plaid Cymru chiefs are launching their election campaign this morning in Anglesey. Leader Adam Price is expected to say Wales is being “held back by Westminster … we’re just invisible in the corridors of Whitehall”.

Price has said his party is in discussion with the Lib Dems and Greens on agreeing an electoral pact, with reports suggesting up to 60 seats across the UK could see contestants stand aside for the pro-Remain candidate with the best chance of winning.

Adam Forrest4 November 2019 10:29

Polling guru says ‘difficult’ for any party to get majority

The top polling expert Sir John Curtice has suggested that the strength of the smaller parties – the Lib Dems and Brexit Party – will make it “difficult” for the Tories and Labour to win an overall majority.

The country’s leading psephologist said: “The fact the Conservatives are in the lead is not the result of the Conservatives having won votes from Labour with any particular degree of success in recent weeks and months,” he told Channel 4 News. “It has been the result of the fact the Conservatives have squeezed the Brexit Party vote among Leave voters.

“The only prediction I’d be willing to give … is that we will end up with more MPs from parties other than the Conservatives and Labour than we have had in any previous parliament.

“That makes it more difficult for either the Conservatives or Labour party to get a majority.”

Following the campaign launch for Nigel Farage’s party at the end of last week, Professor Curtice said it was likely the Brexit Party would harm the Tories more than Labour if candidates were fielded across the country.

Adam Forrest4 November 2019 10:47

Tory MP drops out of race to be next Speaker

The Conservative MP Shailesh Vara has announced he’s withdrawing from the contest to replace John Bercow as Speaker – so we’re down to just seven candidates today.

Deputy Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the bookmakers’ favourite to win the vote, has revealed he has the signatures he needs to go forward.

In a weekend interview Sir Lindsay said it was time to end the cruel “bear pit” politics in parliament and offer better pastoral care for MPs.

He also revealed how much absolutely loves animals, posing with his two cats, terrier dog, Gordon the rottweiler (named about Gordon Brown), Maggie the tortoise (named after Margaret Thatcher) and Boris the parrot (after you know who).

Adam Forrest4 November 2019 10:55

Jean-Claude Juncker accuses Boris Johnson of ‘lies’

Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission’s outgoing president, has given an interview with German newspaper Der Spiegel in which he accuses Boris Johnson of “lies”.

He expressed his regret he didn’t get involved in the UK’s 2016 referendum, wishing he could have “countered” what was being claimed by Johnson and others in the Leave campaign.

“I decided not to get involved. Looking at it today, I think that was a big mistake. So many lies were told, including by current prime minister Boris Johnson, that there needed to be a voice to counter them.”

Juncker also had some unkind words for his “friend” Tony Blair, claiming he did nothing to help counter the narrative that close political union was a bad thing.

“When it came to the political union, to moving closer together, they wanted nothing to do with the EU. That was even the case with my friend Tony Blair. If you stick to that narrative for over 40 years, it should not come as a surprise when people remember it during the referendum.”

Retiring European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker (AFP) 

Adam Forrest4 November 2019 11:23

Police investigate suspicious package at Portcullis House, reports say

Police have reportedly cordoned off the third floor of Portcullis House after a suspect package was sent to an MP. According to ITV’s Paul Brand, it’s believed to be a Lib Dem MP’s office.

Adam Forrest4 November 2019 11:36

‘Anytime, anywhere’: Sturgeon challenges leaders to debate

Nicola Sturgeon has issued an election debate challenge to Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn.

Her comments came after Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson complained to broadcaster ITV about its decision to exclude her from debates, with the Tory and Labour leaders set to go head-to-head on the channel.

When asked if she would like to be included in the TV debates, the SNP leader said she “absolutely” would. “My message to Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson is: ‘What are you scared of?’ I'll debate one of them, I'll debate both of them, anytime, anywhere.

“Bring it on, stop running scared of meaningful debate in this election. The people can see you.”

Scotland’s first minister was speaking on a visit to a cafe in Rutherglen, warning broadcasters against “going back in time” by only inviting the leaders of the two largest parties to the debate.

“The population, certainly in Scotland, but across the rest of the UK, is moving away from the two-party system. You’ve got the broadcasters not only sticking to that but actually going back the way, because in 2010, 2015 and 2017 they had a different approach to that.

“My message to the broadcaster is make sure that you’re reflecting politics as it is and not just how you want it to be.”

Nicola Sturgeon in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire (PA) 

Adam Forrest4 November 2019 11:52

Seven candidates for new Speaker announced

The seven candidates to replace John Bercow as Speaker have been formally announced. Ken Clarke, Father of the House of Commons, will in the chair overseeing the voting process from 2.30pm.

Adam Forrest4 November 2019 11:57

Tory HQ clock now shows time UK ‘should have left the EU’

A clock installed on a wall at the Conservative party’s headquarters to count down to October 31 has been changed following the extension to the Halloween Brexit deadline – now showing the amount of time since the UK “should have left the EU”.

A picture shared by Tory MP Harriett Baldwin shows the clock, now counting upwards, above which a message reads: “Time since we should have left the EU if Labour, Lib Dems and the SNP hadn’t blocked Brexit.”

Adam Forrest4 November 2019 12:05

Edwards replaces Dimbleby on BBC coverage

Huw Edwards will lead the BBC's coverage of the general election this year.

The veteran presenter will be at the helm during the overnight programming on December 12, following in the footsteps of the long-serving David Dimbleby. Jeremy Vine will feature again to measure electoral shifts with the “swingometer”.

Edwards said: “I hope to put my 35 years of experience to good use and to offer our viewers a service they can trust.”

Dimbleby has been the face of the BBC’s election coverage since anchoring the 1979 general election.

Director of news Fran Unsworth said: “Huw is the perfect presenter to have at the helm as a trusted and authoritative guide throughout election night.”

Adam Forrest4 November 2019 12:10

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