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Sir Lindsay Hoyle hauled to the chair as new Commons speaker

Tradition: Sir Lindsay Hoyle is dragged from the backbenches by Caroline Flint and Nigel Evans

SIR LINDSAY HOYLE was last night voted in as John Bercow’s replacement as Commons speaker.

The Labour veteran saw off colleague Chris Bryant in the fourth and final ballot by 325 votes to 213.

The proceedings were conducted by father of the House Ken Clarke on his penultimate day in parliament after 49 years as an MP.

Father’s day: Ken Clarke presides over the vote for the new speaker

In parliamentary tradition, Sir Lindsay, 62, was dragged from the backbenches to the speaker’s chair — with Tory MP Nigel Evans and Labour’s Caroline Flint doing the honours.

An emotional Sir Lindsay paid tribute to his daughter Natalie, found hanged aged 28 in 2017 after suffering from a ‘toxic relationship’.

He said he hoped his time as speaker would help ‘polish away the tarnish’ and restore parliament’s reputation for ‘great respect across the world’.