The role of the Speaker of the House of Commons

The Speaker of the House of Commons chairs debates in the Commons chamber. The holder of this office is an MP who has been elected to be Speaker by other Members of Parliament. During debates they keep order and call MPs to speak. The Speaker is the chief officer and highest authority of the House of Commons and must remain politically impartial at all times.

The Speaker also represents the Commons to the monarch, the Lords and other authorities and chairs the House of Commons Commission.

The role of the Commons Commission as the overall supervisory body of the House of Commons Administration is: Appointing staff of the House; Preparing and laying before the House the Estimates for the House of Commons Service; Allocating functions to House departments and Keeping staff pay and conditions broadly in line with those of the Civil Service.

The Members Estimate Committee has the same membership as the Commission. It considers matters relating to MPs’ pay and allowances on behalf of the House of Commons.

House of Commons

House of Commons

Politicians have shown themselves unfit to govern themselves, the House of Commons Commission and Members Estimate Committee should be taken out of their control. It can not be acceptable any longer, for MPs or anyone they directly elect, to have any responsibility for Administration, finances or regulation of MPs.

This Commission should be directly elected by the General Public, for a fixed four year term, with no second term of office. The Commission should be responsible for both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

The terms of reference should encompass: Regulation and Compliance; Audit and accounting; Salary and benefits; Staff appointments in the; and the Administration and maintenance of the House of Commons and Lords.

MPs really do not seem to have got the point yet about their endemic corruption.

Prime candidates for the position of Speaker, include:

Sir Alan Beith

Sir Alan Beith

Sir Alan Beith, who together with his wife claimed £178 000 in second home allowances between 2004 and 2008. This included a claim for a £5 457 kitchen and a £219 air-conditioning unit. He also has an external consultancy for which he is remunerated in the region of £20 000 a year. He also decided he needed to claim just over £6 000 in food expenses between 2005 and 2008. Would he have dared try any of these expenses claims with his external consultancy? Really great references for revising the system Beith.

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Sir Alan Haselhurst

Sir Alan Haselhurst, currently Deputy Speaker and another prime candidate, claimed £12 000 for gardening expenses, including £202 for pea gravel, which I am sure made was absolutely essential to carry out his role as an MP and makes him a suitable person to clean up British Politics. He earns   £104 000 a year so a bill for £202 would cause him to struggle.

David Davis

David Davis

David Davis, who may or may not stand, felt the need to claim £2 000 to roll and mow his gardens. Thanks Davis, I can’t understand how having your lawn mown is necessary to Parliamentary duties, but I guess I can trust you to deal with excessive claims by MPs.

Sir Menzies Campbell

Sir Menzies Campbell

Sir Menzies Campbell, was so comfortable with his claim of £1 490 for a designers fee, that he has since felt the need to pay it back. But he also feels he is the man to lead reform and stop these outrages claims. Say that again in a language I understand Campbell. You took the money until you were found out then felt you needed to pay it back, but you can be trusted to be honest in the future? Yes, sure, got it now.

John Bercow

John Bercow

John Bercow, can’t quite recall which home was his second and which was declared as his first at a particular point in time he was so busy flipping homes, but is certain he didn’t have to pay Capital Gains Tax. He is such a busy and dedicated Constituency MP, he can only just squeeze in a consultancy paying him about £40 000 a year for a Cayman Island registered business. Like it Bercow, tax havens and clean ups, I am sure you will make a real change to stopping MPs finding loop holes in avoiding taxes.

If these really are the leading Candidates and MPs believe they are appropriate for the role of chairing the Commons Commission, I guess cleaning up and change mean different things to MPs and the rest of the population.

Politicians should not be in a position whereby they have any choice in the people regulating of their tax, pay, pensions, regulation audit or compliance.

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