The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, announced this evening in London that he would step down at the end of October:
At the 2017 election he promised his wife and children that it would be his last, he says.
He says if the Commons votes for an early general election, his tenure as Speaker and as an MP will end when this parliament ends.
He says, if MPs do not vote for an election, he has concluded the least disruptiveoption will be to stand down at close of play on Thursday 31 October.
He says the votes on the Queen’s speech will come at the start of that week. He says it would make sense to have an experienced Speaker in the chair for those votes.
The British Twitterverse is going nuts, of course. And so is betting.
And, not for nothing, the Benn Bill became law about 15 minutes ago.