Frank Field MP
Your MP for Birkenhead
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Speakership Statement

The Labour leadership question is at the moment settled. The Labour side is beginning to recharge its political batteries. One would expect by this weekend for the focus to return to the Speakership race.

This Speakership will differ from others in that the holder of this office will need to help rebuild trust amongst voters in the parliamentary system. The Speaker therefore needs to have a reach into the world outside parliament. But a Speaker must also, at the same time, command support amongst all the parties here at Westminster, including their own.

While I have received a large amount of support from the public, the lack of support from colleagues in my own party is at the moment a significant weakness. Unless that support is forthcoming I will not be a candidate in the election, though it may be that the Labour block may begin to break up over the next week.

It is important that our election of Speaker is seen to be one that is not driven by party advantage. If that is how the public perceives it to be then the next Speaker will be broken-backed when it comes to helping rebuild the trust in our Parliamentary system.

Because I believe the next Speaker has to be different from other recent Speakers, and that the Speakership could play a pivotal role in negotiating a new contract between the House and the government, and the House and the electorate, I will continue to put up material on my website on how I would like the new Speakership to take shape.
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I'd like to thank you for being consistent and reliable, we know where we stand with you - you don't flip flop all over the place. Mr. Brown has to go - Labour are unelectable with him, Balls, Copper, Mandelson, Miliband x 2 & Straw, in fact the only cabinet member I like is Hilary Benn and he's a bit iffy. I'm going to vote for UKIP at the general election but if you or David Winnick held significant cabinet posts I'd think again. English votes for English laws is important to me, we want OUR England back.
Comment by Anonymous on 15 Jul 2011
We require much more than Speaker of Frank Field = we need him as the Leader of the Labour Party = the sheer trust he engenders in ordinary voters as honest,straightforward, experienced and intelligent would revitalise the Labour Party to the extent we could forget the past and look forward = Daniel
Comment by Anonymous on 15 Jul 2011
As a taxpaying citizen, I believe that Frank Field would make the best next Speaker in the Commons.If that is not to be, then his integrity should be the benchmark by which every other candidate is judged.I believe that many on the current list would fall at that first hurdle!
Comment by Anonymous on 15 Jul 2011
I believe that Frank Field is the only candidate so far declared that has the integrity and strength of principle to occupy the Speakers chair. For the past few years he has been one of the few Members to attempt to hold this present Government to account, I also believe that had Tony Blair not run scared from Mr Fields proposals for pension reform we would not be in the mess we are in now - I write this as a Conservative supporter, my only regret would be if Mr Field is appointed to the position he will not be able to hold the next Government to account - as I fear they will need doing.
Comment by Anonymous on 15 Jul 2011
I am not a Labour Party supporter, but I find myself agreeing almost inevitably with Frank Field. His views always are intelligent, fair and sensible. He is right, for example, to emphasise the need to reform our welfare system. He is not afraid to draw attention to the failure of all parties for the past 40-50 years (that is, not just since the enlargement of the EU)to address the electorate's concerns about immigration. Those concerns would exist even if the BNP did not, and discussing them maturely and objectively is not 'giving oxygen' to the BNP or any other racist group. Good luck, Frank.
Comment by Anonymous on 15 Jul 2011

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