Published On: Mon, Nov 4th, 2019

Boris takes major dig at Bercow as he congratulates Lindsay Hoyle on being elected Speaker

Boris Johnson prompted roars of laughter from Parliament when he made a spectacular dig at the now former Speaker of the House, John BercowLabour MP Sir Lindsay Hoyle was successfully elected to the post today after his predecessor resigned on October 31. Mr Johnson wished Sir Lindsay luck in the new job, and hoped that he would “adhere to a strict Newtonian concept of time in PMQs”.

He said: “The kindliness of the Speaker is absolutely critical to our confidence and the way we behave.

“Mr Speaker, over the years, I have observed that you have many good qualities.

“I’m sure you will stick up for backbenchers in the way you have proposed.

“I’m sure you will adhere to a strict Newtonian concept of time in PMQs.”

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Mr Bercow’s Prime Ministers’ Questions sessions were notoriously long.

Traditionally they last half an hour, but he has achieved the longest record with one clocking in at 71 minutes.

From 30 mins average in 2009 and 2010, it ran for an average of 33 mins in 2012, then 35 in 2015.

In 2016 it was 38 mins on average, then 43 minutes in 2017, 45 minutes in 2018, and 49 minutes this year.

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