Dereck Chisora will face David Price on 26 October in a British heavyweight bout where both men will risk their careers, says promoter Eddie Hearn.
Chisora, 35, was set to face Joseph Parker until the former world champion withdrew following an illness he believes stemmed from a spider bite.
Price, 36, has stepped in and enters the bout off a run of three victories.
“I kept in the gym all summer as I had a feeling I had to be ready for a call like this, and ready I am,” Price said.
The bout, at London’s O2 Arena, will form part of the undercard to the world title fight between super-lightweights Josh Taylor and Regis Prograis, which is the final of the World Boxing Super Series.
Chisora has previously expressed his displeasure at not being the night’s main event and threatened to walk away from competing if he was not paid more.
But following news of Liverpool’s Price taking part he said: “David Price has stepped up and I’m ready for whatever he brings. This is north versus south and in my home town I write the rules.”
Price – who has 25 wins from 31 outings – and Chisora – with 31 wins from 40 contests – have both built momentum in recent fights with strong displays.
But with each vying to push forward from the elite level domestically to become part of the conversation among the very top heavyweights globally, a defeat for either would prove damaging at such a late stage in their careers.
“It was frustrating to lose the Parker fight but I feel we now have a fight with even more curiosity and danger,” said promoter Hearn. “The careers of both men are on the line, they will be giving it everything. It’s going to be a dramatic fight and dramatic night.”
A man has been restrained by police after attempting to set fire to himself outside the Houses of Parliament.
The Metropolitan Police said a man had been detained under the Mental Health Act after covering himself “in what appeared to be a flammable liquid”.
The police said the man, who had a lighter, had been sprayed with a fire extinguisher and there were no flames.
Tory MP Huw Merriman, who witnessed the episode, praised the “incredibly brave response” from the police.
The Met confirmed there had been an incident in which a man had “doused” himself with an unknown substance outside Carriage Gates – the main entrance to Parliament.
The police said there had been no reported injuries and the man had been taken to hospital after being examined at the scene by the emergency services.
The London Fire Brigade, it added, had made the scene safe by dispersing the suspected flammable liquid.
‘Cry for help’
Eyewitness Assunta Andrews, a Brexit supporter who was protesting outside Parliament at the time, said the man had scattered sheets of paper everywhere before dousing himself.
“There was a man standing next to us, very close,” she told the BBC.
“He had a large one and half litre bottle, opened it and started spraying it around. We really smelt petrol. So we all just ran for it, leaving all our posters behind, and calling for the police to come.”
The police arrived on the scene within seconds, she said, while she got a small amount of petrol on her clothes as a result.
She said she believed the protest had nothing to do with Brexit and the man was trying to draw attention to a “personal” dispute with a local council over a parking fine.
“They were clearly a cry for help,” she said of the leaflets.
The Commons and Lords are sitting this week despite the Conservative conference continuing in Manchester – after MPs voted against a short recess for the event.
Chancellor Sajid Javid is currently answering Treasury questions while ministers will later answer Urgent Questions on the government’s latest Brexit proposals, as well as homelessness and Yemen.
Heavy rain is causing travel problems and flash flooding across England.
Eight flood warnings and 38 flood alerts have been put in place by the Environment Agency.
The Met Office has a yellow rain warning covering most of the country in force until 23:00 BST.
Floods have been reported on roads in Southampton, Birmingham and Liverpool, while Transport for London (TfL) said a number of roads across the capital were also affected by flooding.
A flood warning is in place in Crawley for the Ifield Brook and River Mole at Ifield and the River Mole at Lowfield Heath.
Flooding is also expected on the upper Frome between Maiden Newton and Dorchester in Dorset and on the Grace Dieu Brook between Whitwick and Thringstone in Leicestershire.
Edwinstone and Ollerton in Nottinghamshire are also at risk of flooding from the River Maun as are areas around the Whinney Brook at Maghull in Sefton, Merseyside, and Wash Dike in Pontefract, West Yorkshire.
National Rail warned of major disruption between Birmingham Snow Hill and Stourbridge until about noon because of a tree blocking the line earlier.
Southampton City Centre has seen problems with several cars having broken down in water on Millbrook Road West.
Motorists have also been advised to avoid the road between Waterhouse Lane and Paynes Road.
Roads have flooded in the Longbridge area of Birmingham, while Mersey Fire and Rescue Service reported vehicles trapped in floodwater in the Queens Drive and West Derby area of Liverpool.
A service spokesman urged drivers to “please take extra care”, adding: “Slow down, increase your distances, switch your lights on and please don’t drive into floodwater.”
About 2in (49.6mm) of rain fell in the six hours before 09:00 at Boscombe Down in Wiltshire, according to the Met Office.
Spokesman Grahame Madge said it was a “significant” amount of rain.
He said the band of rain was “transient” and, having started in the South West, has moved to the Midlands before hitting the North later in the day.
He said some other areas could expect to see the same amount of rain as Boscombe Down.
Downward dogs and yoga mats have replaced cars and buses on London’s Tower Bridge as part of Car Free Day.
The mass yoga session was one of a number of activities taking place in the capital as more than 16 miles (27 km) of streets were shut.
Bank junction was turned into a festival space while children will race go-karts in the Square Mile.
The closures will be in place until 19:00 BST with roads elsewhere expected to be busy as a result.
Tower and London Bridge were shut at 07:00 BST along with streets in parts of the City, Southwark and Tower Hamlets.
Among the other activities taking place were a hedge maze in Cheapside and classic cycle rides on Tower Bridge.
Organisers hope more than 150,000 people will join the event, which has been named Reimagine.
Away from the centre, 15 boroughs will be running their own Car Free Day celebrations and more than 340 “play streets” – safe spaces for local people to socialise and play – have been approved by 24 boroughs.
London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan said the day was about “demonstrating our commitment to cleaning up our toxic air and experiencing a greener way of living”.
Transport for London has warned that those who do take to the roads should expect “significant delays”.
Thousands of people are protesting across the UK, with pupils leaving schools and workers downing tools as part of a global “climate strike” day.
Millions are taking part around the world with rallies in British cities including Glasgow, Manchester and London, urging “climate justice”.
Students, workers and businesses were encouraged to let off alarms across the country at 13:00 BST.
Energy minister Kwasi Kwarteng said their voices were “being heard”.
However, he said he could not “endorse children leaving school” to take part.
Jake Woodier, campaign co-ordinator at UK Student Climate Network said: “We understand it’s simply not feasible for many employees to take a day off to participate in a strike, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have a voice.”
Demonstrations have also been organised in Cardiff, Edinburgh, Brighton, Newcastle, Bournemouth and Birmingham.
Sebastian, a pupil from John Stainer Community School in Brockley, south-east London, said he joined the protests to help fight global warming.
He said: “They, the government, don’t understand that we’re going to go through it and they are not.”
Eight-year-old Sohan and Nayan, five, also from south-east London joined protesters with their mother, Celine.
Sohan said: “We want to save our planet and we hope that marching will help.”
Student Jessica Ahmed, 16, emailed her school to warn that she would be joining the protests instead of being in class.
Speaking at a protest in Westminster, Miss Ahmed, of Barnet, north London, said: “If politicians were taking the appropriate action we need – and had been taking this action a long time ago when it was recognised the world was changing in a negative way – then I would not have to be skipping school.”
Dozens of pupils from John Stainer Community Primary school in Brockley, south-east London, are among those taking part in the capital.
Head teacher Sue Harte said the school had decided to take part because “climate change is clearly a big issue” and “children need to know that they have a right to democratic protest”.
Hundreds of climate activists – including children in school uniform – have staged a mass “die in” in Belfast, where they lay down in the city centre.
One Extinction Rebellion activist, Lorraine Montague from County Tyrone, was dressed as a swan to highlight the threat of climate change to wildlife.
She said: “Our climate is at crisis point and the government is not doing anything about it. We have to support the young people, they are the ones who started this strike.
“We are grieving for our future. I don’t feel happy about having children the way our climate is going.”
Extinction Rebellion ‘solidarity’
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will address the group’s rally outside Westminster.
Extinction Rebellion, which organised its own climate and environment protests in the UK earlier this year, said it stood “in solidarity” with those taking part.
It added that its members were joining the strikes and holding their own events, including a choir and “kids’ space” in Victoria Tower Gardens, Westminster, and outside King’s College London.
Some trade unions, including the TUC, the University and College Union and Unite, are supporting members who take part in the “strikes”.
Co-operative Bank says it is supporting workers who want to join the action, while US clothing brand Patagonia is closing all of its stores and taking out adverts to back the protesters.
The action follows earlier school strikes inspired by activist Greta Thunberg.
The teenager, from Sweden, is set to join a rally planned in New York, where world leaders will meet at the UN next week to discuss climate change.
Mr Kwarteng said the protesters’ voices were being heard but he could not “endorse children leaving school”.
He told BBC Breakfast: “What I do support is their energy, their creativity, and the fact that they have completely mastered these issues and take them very seriously.”
Four water firms have been told to tackle high levels of complaints over service and billing problems.
Thames Water, Northumbrian Water, Essex & Suffolk Water and Hafren Dyfrdwy, which has seen complaints rise by 150%, must submit action plans and detail what is already being done.
Thames, England’s largest supplier, had a 24% increase in written complaints over the past year.
Water UK, representing the companies, said numbers were now falling.
The Consumer Council for Water (CCWater) targeted the firms, stating customers are being forced to waste far too much time in dealing with the issues.
At Thames, 10% more customers were forced to phone to resolve an issue, the watchdog said.
The firm said the rollout of a new billing system was blamed for the increase in calls and written complaints to Northumbrian Water as well as Essex & Suffolk Water, which are both part of the Northumbrian Water Group.
Customers experienced longer call waiting times or saw them abandoned, leading to a 64% rise in written complaints to Northumbrian Water.
‘Waste their time’
Hafren Dyfrdwy saw a 154% rise in written complaints during its transition from Dee Valley Water following a takeover by Severn Trent Water.
The firm blamed difficulties caused by a new bill layout and changes to charges.
CCWater chief executive Tony Smith said: “Far too many customers are having to waste their time and suffer the frustration of disputing unclear or inaccurate bills.
“In the autumn we’ll be bringing the whole industry together to try and improve the standards of billing.”
Anglian Water remains the best performer while South East Water, South Staffs Water, Hartlepool Water and Wessex Water also earned praise.
A Water UK spokesman said: “The latest data from CCWater, revealing there have been fewer calls made to water companies to resolve problems, shows that the industry’s determination to provide the very best service for customers is working.”
Southern Water has seen customer complaints reduced by 40% over two years.
The company said it had made “significant strides towards improving their standing in the industry”.
An Extinction Rebellion co-founder has appeared in court charged with attempting to cause disruption at Heathrow airport using a drone.
Roger Hallam, 53, who declared Heathrow expansion “a crime against humanity”, was arrested on Saturday.
He was applauded by a group of supporters as he entered the dock at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
Mr Hallam faces one charge of conspiring to cause a public nuisance between 1 August and 14 September.
The charge relates to a plan to fly drones near Heathrow airport “in order to cause widespread disruption”.
The action was part of ongoing protest activity by environmental campaign group Extinction Rebellion (XR).
A splinter group of XR, called Heathrow Pause, had threatened to interrupt flights by flying drones within the 5km exclusion zone around the airport.
Asked if he would like to say anything, Mr Hallam, of Putney Bridge Road, Wandsworth, told the court: “Heathrow expansion constitutes a crime against humanity, against the next generation.”
He was remanded in custody to appear at Isleworth Crown Court on 14 October.
Fulham will be without midfielder Harry Arter after he was sent off in the draw at Cardiff, so Stefan Johansen could come into the starting XI.
Striker Aleksandar Mitrovic is looking to score for the eighth successive game for club and country.
Unbeaten West Bromwich Albion will make a decision on Kieran Gibbs (groin) following his return to training.
Boss Slaven Bilic may bring in Kenneth Zohore up front for Charlie Austin, who is yet to score in the league.
But Bilic says it is still too early for Egypt defender Ahmed Hegazi, who has not played since his ankle operation after the African Cup of Nations.
- Fulham are unbeaten in their last seven league games against West Bromwich Albiob, although this is their first Premier League meeting since February 2014.
- Albion are winless in each of their last 15 league trips to Fulham since a 2-1 victory in October 1967, when Jeff Astle and Tony ‘Bomber’ Brown scored the goals.
- Fulham have put together 126 sequences of 10 or more passes in open play this season – 47 more than any other Championship team.
- The Baggies have won the most points from losing positions in the Championship this season (11). The Baggies have gone behind in five of their six games and lost none.
- The two teams to complete the most successful passes in the opposition half this season are Fulham (1,347) and West Brom (1,308).
- Grady Diangana’s three Championship goals this season for Albion have been worth five points. No Championship player has won more points for their team this season.
A social media blackout, a “crazy amount of belief” and a “table that does not lie” – welcome to the closest Super League relegation fight ever.
Four clubs, equal on points with one game to go, are all at risk of the drop.
One coach has simply labelled “the ramifications” of the do-or-die night on Friday the 13th as “destructive”.
BBC Sport looks at how Wakefield and London, two sides that face each other in a relegation showdown, as well as Huddersfield and Hull KR are dealing with the biggest week of their season.
How they line up on ‘fright night’
‘No need to ram message down players’ throats’
A social media blackout has been imposed on Wakefield’s players as head coach Chris Chester tries to get them to focus on the game and not its consequences.
“The players know enormity of what is at stake on Friday night,” he told BBC Radio Leeds.
“The social media blackout is to take pressure away from them and have them solely focused on getting a result.
“It (relegation) has not been discussed. They don’t need me ramming it down their throats.
“The one thing the guys will be on Friday is ready.”
A boost for Wakefield, who have struggled for long periods with an injury-hit squad, is that 33-year-old England centre Ryan Atkins is due to make his long-awaited return.
Atkins, who started his career with Trinity in 2006 before going on to spent a decade at Warrington, was to complete his more next season but Trinity brought his switch forward.
“He’s been a real positive influence on the group for the last three or four weeks since he’s been here,” Chester said. “He’s played in all the big games and knows what to say.”
What it will take to stay up? Wakefield’s home game against London Broncos has been billed as a relegation showdown, and victory certainly means Wakefield stay in Super League. If London beat Wakefield for the third time this season, then Trinity would go down if both Huddersfield or Hull KR win.
So, how do Wakefield find themselves facing the drop?
BBC rugby league reporter Matt Newsum
“Injuries have been the crux of Wakefield’s struggles against the drop, robbing Chester’s side of several major performers like prolific winger Tom Johnstone for pretty much the whole season, prop David Fifita for large chunks and as well as influential back-rower Tinirau Arona at a key time.
“Injuries have not helped their loss of form, with an alarming late-season slump remaining a concern for Chester – who at least acquired smart loan signings such as Morgan Escare for the run-in.”
‘An absolute write-off of a season’
England winger Jermaine McGillvary said the players take responsibility for the relegation trouble Huddersfield Giants finds themselves in.
The winger said they “need to stand up and be counted” when they host Catalans Dragons, a side they have failed to beat in their last three meetings.
“The table doesn’t lie, we deserve to be where we are,” McGillvary said.
“I’m not sulking because I think we deserve to be higher, we have been shocking all year. The season has been an absolute write-off regardless of what happens.
“Everyone is hurting, not just the players but staff, fans and everyone involved. It’s all our, the playing staff’s, fault.”
The “positive”, the long-serving Giants winger added, is that they remain in control of their destiny.
“There are three other teams in the situation as well and it is still in our own hands,” he said.
“If we get a win against Catalans we stay up. It is all down to us.”
What it will take to stay up? A win at home against Catalans Dragons, a side who have nothing to play for, assures survival. Defeats for London or Hull KR will also mean they are safe – even if they fail to triumph themselves.
They cannot afford to lose by 13 or more points than Rovers, as that would swing their points difference.
What’s been behind Huddersfield’s woes, leaving them third from bottom and in real danger of relegation after 28 games?
BBC rugby league reporter Matt Newsum
“Huddersfield lost key playmaker Danny Brough last winter – coincidentally to Wakefield – and their chopping and changing in the halves since has not helped their attacking rhythm.
“They have one of the best wingers in the competition in McGillvary, who has again stood up with 16 tries, but it is defensively where Giants have struggled – conceding second most points in the league. Injuries have also hampered the Giants, limiting the outings for powerful forwards such as Joe Wardle and Seb Ikahihifo.”
‘Relegation causes destruction’
Hull KR boss Tony Smith has refused to let his players get paralysed by fear as they try secure the club’s Super League status with a trip to play-off-bound Salford Red Devils.
A late Jay Pitts try for London in their 20-16 win against Rovers a week earlier set up the final-night drama for the four clubs, when a Broncos defeat would have relegated them and spared Smith’s men as well as Huddersfield and Wakefield.
“We understand the ramifications of this week, as we understood the ramifications of last week,” he told BBC Radio Humberside.
“It is not being taken lightly but we are not going to sit around an worry about things when we have to take them into our own hands.
“The best way to do things is in a positive manner, with a smile on your face and looking forward to the challenge rather than feel like the pressure is getting to us.”
Smith, who suffered relegation in his first season as coach in Britain with Huddersfield in 2001, said the drop would “cause destruction”.
“It can hurt, and hurt clubs for many years,” he said.
“We are determined to get things great here over the next few years and we will regardless of which competition, but we certainly want to be in Super League and have that as our starting position.”
What it will take to stay up? Stopping Salford’s seven-game winning run is a good place to start. If they upset the form guide in Greater Manchester they survive. But they could still lose and stay up, even if bottom club London Broncos win. That would involve Huddersfield losing at home to Catalans by 13 points more.
But why, with one of Super League’s leading coaches, are Hull KR dicing with relegation?
BBC rugby league reporter Matt Newsum
“Hull Kingston Rovers gambled on sacking veteran super coach Tim Sheens and bringing in Tony Smith, who has eked out some impressive results since arriving. Inconsistency, however, has plagued them.
“A bit like their city neighbours, you never know what to expect. Danny McGuire’s brains and guile work when the pack is firing, and the Robins are certainly capable if scoring points but as recent defeats from winning positions by relegation rivals Huddersfield and London show, they can struggle to finish teams off – and that lack of ruthlessness has cost them.”
Broncos ‘know’ they can survive
Half-back Brock Lamb flew in to London to aide in their salvation – the former Newcastle Knights and Sydney Roosters play-maker just wishes he could have made it to the UK capital sooner.
The 22-year-old says the Broncos, the club with Super League’s smallest budget which has tried to stay in the top flight by keeping the promotion-winning side together, have quickly become “family”.
Resilience has been the hallmark of their campaign, and the 20-16 win over Hull KR to set up the desperate relegation situation on Friday night is the finest example of how they have defied the odds this season.
“The belief in the side at the moment is crazy,” Lamb told BBC Radio London. “It is a good squad and we just want to win.
“It is the last time this team will ever play together. We have people leaving and some staying. We want to send them out with a bang and hopefully stay up to do it for the club and the fans.
“I wish I had come here earlier so I could have experienced it from the start. It has been awesome in the last six weeks because everybody just believes. We have had a few poor games but the next training day everyone is ready to rip in again. Everyone knows we can do it.”
What it will take to stay up? Beating relegation rivals Wakefield in West Yorkshire is realistically the only thing that will keep London Broncos from making an immediate return to the Championship.
They were tipped to be easy pickings in Super League this season, but will London really escape relegation?
BBC rugby league reporter Matt Newsum
“London Broncos were barely expected to win a game this season let alone be in with a shout of survival. While they have shipped plenty of points, they have remained pretty competitive.
“They are not the biggest, or strongest, but they have won games and hurt teams by out-enthusing opponents, smothering them with aggressive line speed and then hitting them with quick breaks from a pacy back-line.
“Their fans have stuck with them, there is some pride in how their ‘behind-the-eight-ball’ side has got accustomed to Super League given their unexpected promotion.
“Unlike their fellow strugglers, they will not be dreading the end-of-season review, whatever happens. They have also recruited smartly for an end-of-season boost, as ex-Newcastle Knights and Sydney Roosters half-back Brock Lamb has already formed a smart understanding with lock Luke Yates – his former Knights team-mate.”
Harriet Harman has confirmed she will run to become the next Commons Speaker.
The Labour MP and Mother of the House – the longest continuously-serving female MP – made the announcement after the current Speaker, John Bercow, said he would stand down by 31 October.
Ms Harman told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme it was the Speaker’s job “to ensure Parliament can have its say”.
Other MPs intending to stand include Tory Sir Edward Leigh and the SNP’s Pete Wishart.
Ms Harman – who is known for her campaigning on women’s rights – said the next Speaker must be “scrupulously neutral” on debates, and praised Mr Bercow.
She told Today: “This is a Parliament in very difficult times. We have got very divided times in the country and Parliament itself is divided.
“I think what Parliament has to do, and the Speaker has to do, is to ensure that Parliament can have its say… and that is what John Bercow has sought to do.”
Asked if she would be able to remain neutral in the chair, Ms Harman said: “Once you offer yourself for election as Speaker, you are making a promise you will set [your party] aside and be neutral, so whoever [is Speaker] will have to go through that transition.
“I would be a champion for Parliament.
“I think the relationship between Parliament and public is very difficult at the moment, and I think a really confident, positive voice speaking about the importance of Parliament with the public is necessary at this time.”
Who is Harriet Harman?
Harriet Harman became the MP for Peckham (later Camberwell and Peckham) during a by-election in 1982 and has remained in her seat ever since.
She went to the exclusive St Paul’s Girls’ School in London and read politics at York University, before training as a solicitor.
She was rapidly promoted during Labour’s years in opposition in the 1980s and 1990s, before becoming Tony Blair’s secretary of state for social security and minister for women.
Despite being sacked over welfare reform, she returned to government in 2001 as solicitor general, then secretary of state at the department for constitutional affairs, and, under Gordon Brown, became deputy leader.
She has a reputation as a steely feminist, once joking she was unlikely to become prime minister as there was not enough space at airports for the men who would try to leave the country.
She is married to fellow Labour MP Jack Dromey and has three children.
The news comes after Mr Bercow announced he would be standing down as Speaker at the next general election, or at the end of business on 31 October (Brexit deadline day) – whichever comes first.
In an emotional speech to the Commons, Mr Bercow said his 10-year “tenure” was nearing its end and it had been the “greatest honour and privilege” to serve.
He has faced fierce criticism from Brexiteers, who have questioned his impartiality on the issue of Europe and claim he has facilitated efforts by MPs opposed to a no-deal exit to take control of Commons business.
He has also been criticised for not doing more to tackle allegations of bullying and harassment in the House of Commons – facing accusations himself about mistreating several members of his own staff, which he denies.
Who else is running to be the next Speaker?
Harriet Harman is not the only one to put her name forward to become the next Speaker of the Commons when Mr Bercow steps down.
So who are the other candidates?
Sir Edward Leigh – Conservative MP for Gainsborough since 1983
Sir Edward became the first MP to explicitly make a pitch to be the next Speaker, releasing a statement and a series of tweets on 25 April 2019.
He said he intended to stand when the vacancy comes up, saying that he would be “a traditional speaker who does not speak much”.
He added: “Like a judge I would, by my conduct and dress, submerge my personality into the office. I would be rigidly impartial.”
Chris Bryant – Labour MP for Rhondda since 2001
As a parliamentary historian, Mr Bryant has often been touted as a future Speaker.
He wrote a three-volume biography of Parliament and often makes procedural points in Commons debates.
He announced his intention to run in The House magazine on 15 April 2019, but his pitch was slightly less conservative than Sir Edward’s.
He said he would not “belittle or diminish or lecture MPs”, but be “authoritative enough… to command respect”.
Eleanor Laing – Deputy Speaker and Conservative MP for Epping Forest since 1997
Ms Laing has been one of the three deputy speakers since 2013.
She revealed her intention on 28 February 2018, also in The House magazine, saying she would try for Speaker when Mr Bercow “finally decides to go”.
She said: “I am fortunate to have had five years’ experience in the Speaker’s chair. There is a lot to be done to take our democratic system onto the next stage.”
She has also talked about her desire to make Parliament more representative, particularly in its representation of mothers.
Pete Wishart – SNP MP for Tayside since 2001, then Perth and North Perthshire since 2005
Mr Wishart followed in Sir Edward’s footsteps to make his announcement on Twitter, but with a manifesto to bring “the Commons into the 21st century”.
His pledges include electronic voting, to allow MPs to wear what they like to the Commons and to stop using “honourable member” and “right honourable member” to address people.
He also wants Parliament to move around the UK, rather than just staying put in Westminster.
Lindsay Hoyle – Deputy Speaker and Labour MP for Chorley since 1997
After Mr Bercow announced he was stepping down on Monday, his deputy took to Twitter to announce his candidacy.
He said that MPs are “clearly in unprecedented times”, saying it would be “vital to have an experienced Speaker who can provide the stability and leadership the House of Commons requires in order to remain at the centre to our political system”.
Mr Hoyle said he had proved himself to be “independent and fair” and had “ensured all members of Parliament have been able to exercise their right to speak on behalf of constituents to hold the government to account – regardless of position or length of service”.