The Constitution Society is delighted at the news that Eleanor Laing MP has been voted by the Commons as the new Deputy Speaker. Mrs Laing is a member of our Advisory Board and a leading voice in Parliament on constitutional matters.
Mrs Laing won in the sixth round of voting with 257 votes and is now formally titled ‘First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means’. The full results of today’s vote can be found here and the moment Mrs Laing was announced as the winner of the ballot is available on the BBC News website.
Eleanor Laing won cross-party support for her bid to be Deputy Speaker and will assume her post immediately.
Our Associate Director, James Hallwood, welcomed the news: “Eleanor is a great parliamentarian and has a sound knowledge of constitutional issues. Her election is a testament to the respect her fellow Members hold for her across all of the parties. Eleanor continues to make a very valuable contribution to our Advisory Board and we offer our warm congratulations on her appointment”.