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Southend West MP David Amess stands for election as Commons deputy speaker
5:30pm Sunday 13th October 2013 in News
SOUTHEND West Tory MP David Amess wants to become deputy speaker of the House of Commons.
Mr Amess has announced his intention to stand for election to the post.
It comes after Tory MP Nigel Evans quit the role after being accused of sex offences.
On Wednesday, MPs will vote to select the new deputy speaker to chair some Commons debates and support Speaker John Bercow.
Mr Amess has been in the Commons since 1983, serving firstly for Basildon and then moving to Southend West in 1997.
He faces at least six other MPs in the race to become deputy speaker.
They include Chelmsford MP Simon Burns, who quit as a minister to seek election to the job, and Eleanor Laing, Tory MP for Epping Forest.
Mr Amess said: "The role of deputy speaker is to work and support the Speaker and his two other deputies.
"I believe that I could do that well and my firm resolve as a deputy speaker would be to ensure fair, yet vigorous, debate whilst upholding the dignity and traditions of parliament.
“I also believe that chairing our proceedings can be done with good grace and without rancour - a rancour which all too often only adds to the public’s malignant view of politicians.”
Mr Amess said he had sponsors from across the House of Commons.