The Speaker has rejected a move by former foreign office minister Sir Alan Duncan to hold an emergency vote in the House of Commons on whether the new Tory leader can command its confidence.
The new Tory leader will be announced tomorrow at 11am. It is expected they will become Prime Minister on Wednesday afternoon. Duncan resigned earlier today ahead of an expected win by Boris Johnson.
Duncan applied to the Speaker of the Commons for an emergency debate under Standing Order 24. Duncan’s proposed motion stated that the Commons has “considered the merits of the newly chosen leader of the Conservative Party, and supports his wish to form a government.”
The Speaker declined the request.
Emergency debates and Standing Order 24
Any MP may apply to the Speaker for an emergency debate under the rules of Standing Order 24.
If the Speaker gives the MP permission, they will have three minutes to make a speech setting out their case for the debate. The Speaker then decides whether to submit the application to the Commons.
The Commons has to agree that the debate takes place. If the Commons agrees to the application the emergency debate usually takes place the next day.