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4th November 2019

Bishops congratulate Chorley MP Sir Lindsay Hoyle on election as Speaker

In a joint statement today, the three Bishops of The Church of England in Lancashire (Blackburn Diocese) have welcomed the election of Rt Hon. Sir Lindsay Hoyle, MP for Chorley, as the new Speaker of the House of Commons. 
Rt Rev. Julian Henderson, Bishop of Blackburn; Rt Rev. Philip North, Bishop of Burnley and Rt Rev. Dr Jill Duff, Bishop of Lancaster said: "We congratulate Sir Lindsay on his election as the new Speaker.
"This ancient post is vital in the day-to-day management of the House of Commons and we are delighted that 'one of our own' has been chosen by his peers today.
"When the forthcoming General Election has taken place - and whatever the outcome is on December 12 - we will enter into a new phase of discussion and decision-making in relation to Brexit.
"Sir Lindsay, who is well-known for his calm and firm demeanor as Deputy Speaker, will have a crucial role to play in managing the debates that take place on that issue and the many other important issues of the day.
"The new Speaker has a warm and supportive relationship with churches across his constituency of Chorley. In taking on this responsibility we give him our assurance he will be supported by our prayers and the prayers of many across Lancashire."

Ronnie Semley, November 2019