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Harriet Harman for next SPEAKER? Senior Labour MP REFUSES to rule out running for position

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The senior Labour MP for Camberwell and Peckham, has long been rumoured to be have wanted the Commons Speaker role.

She has led the Labour Party as interim leader twice; once after Ed Miliband resigned in 2015, and also after Gordon Brown left Downing Street in 2010.

Speaking to the Telegraph, when asked if she would like the job, she refused to rule out the possibility.

She said: “In a way, it’s pre-empting there being a vacancy.

“I don’t know when there will be a vacancy, so you’ll have to ask me at the time.”

When questioned on the issue for second time, Ms Harman wouldn’t be drawn on the issue.

She said: “I’m not really saying anything about that. Definitely not.”

The current Commons Speaker is under pressure over comments he made about Leader of the House, and former Conservative leadership candidate, Andrea Leadsom.

Last week, he referred to Mrs Leadsom as “a stupid woman” during an exchange in the House of Commons.

Mrs Leadsom did not hear the remarks herself, but when she was told of them, she supposedly went to the Speaker to ask for an apology.

Mr Bercow has admitted he used the word “stupid” but denied using it in relation to Mrs Leadsom.

He said in an apology to the House: “That adjective simply summed up how I felt about the way that that day’s business had been conducted.

“Anyone that knows the Leader of the House at all well will have not the slightest doubt about her political ability and her personal character.

“I love this House, I respect all of my colleagues, I hold you all in the highest esteem.”

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Ms Harman desperately wants to modernise the Commons, and has launched a campaign with a Tory MP to improve maternity leave for members.

Her proposal would allow MPs to take a formal leave when they have a baby.

They would also be able to nominate a colleague to vote on their behalf in their absence.

Currently, the party whips arrange for MPs to be able to miss votes, but this is thought to lead to MPs feeling pressure to come back to work quickly.

She said the proposal is “about ensuring that the constituency does not lose its vote in the House of Commons when your MP is doing what is very normal, which is having a baby”.

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