Speaker John Bercow praises House of Commons as he is re-elected

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LGBT ally John Bercow has praised increased diversity within the House of Commons after being re-elected as speaker.Mr Bercow, who was a Tory MP before he was first elected Speaker in 2009, was re-elected as Speaker with no dissent. The speaker noted that the House is now the most diversive in history because there are more LGB people and more women than ever before. “If the House so permits, I shall be honoured to serve as Speaker in this Parliament, which across the parties is more richly diverse and representative of modern Britain than any of its predecessors. I will strive to ensure all parts of the House are heard fully and fairly, and I will champion the right of backbenchers to hold to account the government of the day,” Mr Bercow said. The British PM Theresa May has also noticed the diversity in the House of commons. “As we welcome new members on all sides, we should celebrate the fact that we have a record number of MPs from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, including a female Sikh MP, we also have more disabled MPs and more LGBT MPs,” the PM said, “I hope that together we will continue to build on the progress that we have made in previous Parliaments to fight against discrimination in all its forms, and make our politics more representative of the people we serve. While there is further to go, if there is one outcome of the election we can all welcome, it is most surely this: that today we have the most diverse and representative Parliament in our history.”

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