John Bercow has announced, in a statement to the House of Commons, that he intends to stand down from his position as Speaker and MP at the close of business on Thursday 31 October 2019.
At the 2017 election, I promised my wife and children that it would be my last. This is a pledge that I intend to keep. If the House votes tonight for an early general election, my tenure as Speaker and MP will end when this Parliament ends. If the House does not so vote, I have concluded that the least disruptive and most democratic course of action would be for me to stand down at the close of business on Thursday 31 October.
I have served as a Member of Parliament for 22 years, and for the last 10 years as Speaker. This has been—let me put it explicitly—the greatest privilege and honour of my professional life, for which I will be eternally grateful. I wish my successor in the Chair the very best fortune in standing up for the rights of hon. and right hon. Members individually, and for Parliament institutionally, as the Speaker of the House of Commons. Thank you.
This decision may have been driven by recent comments that the Conservative Party plans to stand a candidate against him in his Buckingham constituency at the next election, for his role in allowing MPs to take control of the Commons agenda and his apparent lack of impartiality.
He recently told an audience at the Edinburgh festival fringe he would “fight with every breath in my body” to stop the government forcing through a no-deal Brexit by by-passing Parliament.