"Michael Martin is to step down as Speaker on Sunday June 21 following unprecedented criticism over his handling of the expenses scandal. A very short emergency statement to a packed Commons came ahead of crisis talks on MPs' expenses with Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Tory leader David Cameron and Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg." Speaker announces he is quitting - Yahoo! News UK Took him long enough. I wonder who will be candidates to replace him ... in order of likely success (at least IMO) Richard Shepherd (a reformer, acceptable to both sides) Frank Field (bit of a loose cannon, mouthy and no yes man - probably upset a few too many in Labour but a great 'trojan horse' for [likely] incoming Tories!!) Sir George Young (a little too ... establishment) Sir Alan Haselhurst (deputy speaker, a safe pair of hands - thus probably a no) Sir Menzies Campbell (respected, but probably blew his chance with dodgy expense claim of his own) John Bercow (potential party switcher, moderniser ... outsider) It's a crap shoot ... with public sentiment being what it is, the speaker needs to be squeaky clean (is that possible?) and anti establishment, pro FOI and accountablity. Makes for a short shortlist.