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Simon Burns loses in deputy speaker vote
12:00pm Friday 18th October 2013 in News
CHELMSFORD MP Simon Burns said he will concentrate on being a backbencher and his constituency after losing out in the Commons Deputy Speaker race.
The Conservative was eliminated from the vote after the third round of counting on Thursday with Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing ending up as the winner.
Having had to give up his role as Minister for Transport before joining announcing his intention to stand, Mr Burns said he would consider another post in the Government if asked to do so.
However, he went onto suggest his career as a minister may have ended and will instead focus on his constituency work for the timebeing.
Mr Burns said: “Naturally I would have liked to have won the election but it was not to be.
“However, it was such fun, it was worth doing. Now I can return to being a back bench MP and working hard on behalf of my constituents.
“Of course I congratulate Eleanor on winning and did so immediately after the result.
“I will certainly consider another ministerial post if offered, but I think life moves on and I am quite content to resume my role as an hard working backbench MP for Chelmsford.”
He added the stories printed in national newspapers about the unfriendly relationship he is said to have with fellow Tory and current Speaker John Bercow did not affect how many votes he got.
It has been reported during the race to be deputy speaker the pair have not got on with Mr Burns apparently calling the speaker a “stupid, sanctimonious dwarf” in the past.
“I don’t think the national press commenting on my differences with the Speaker made any difference either way as my colleagues were very well aware of the situation, before being reminded by them,” he said.
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