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Speaker election: Tearful Charles Walker clapped by MPs

An MP has claimed he has been "played like a fool" by government ministers over a bid to change the way the Speaker is elected to the House of Commons after the general election.

Charles Walker, who chairs the Procedure Committee appeared tearful as he recounted meetings with senior ministers this week, who did not share their plans with him.

He was clapped by Labour MPs as he said: "I would much rather be an honourable fool... than a clever man."

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  • 26 Mar 2015
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