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Government loses Speaker vote in noisy House of Commons

John Bercow struggles to be heard above the noise in the Commons for the result of the vote to change the way a future Speaker is elected. The government was defeated.

There were 202 'Ayes' to the right and 228 'Nos' meaning the government lost by 26 votes, but it had to be read out twice because of the noise from MPs.

The vote, on the last day of Commons business, was over the rules on electing Speakers and was seen by Labour as an attempt to oust John Bercow.

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