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Harriet Harman: I’m standing for speaker job

HARRIET HARMAN has confirmed she will stand for Commons speaker.

With John Bercow quitting at the end of next month, former Labour deputy leader Harman (pictured) said his successor must continue to ensure parliament has its say.

She said the speaker should not take sides politically but should allow parliament to hold government to account.

Harman, 69, who campaigned to Remain in 2016, told Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘It is the job of the speaker to make sure that parliament has its say, and I think that’s what John Bercow has sought to do.’

The MP added: ‘I think I would be a champion for parliament.’