Monday evening news briefing: Results in the race to become the Speaker of the House of Commons

Telegraph 2 weeks ago

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New Speaker of the House of Commons to be chosen tonight

MPs are voting to choose John Bercow's successor as Speaker in the first election for the post in more than a decade. The candidates are bidding to take on the role following Mr Bercow's departure, with the Commons business today dedicated to this election. Deputy Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle is among those strongly tipped, with fellow Labour MP Harriet Harman - the current longest continuously-serving female MP - also predicted to do well. Ken Clarke, the longest-serving MP and Father of the House, is in the chair to oversee the proceedings. He has announced the results of the first ballot, with several more likely before a winner is declared. Find out the result as soon as it happens on The Telegraph's liveblog. Here is a reminder of the full list of the candidates.

Meanwhile, it has emerged the Liberal Democrats are set to gain at least a dozenseats across the country, with strong polling giving them momentum as the election campaign begins. The pro-Remain party has been steadily building steam all year, scoring major wins in the May local elections, coming second in the EU election and poaching several MPs from rival parties. Data JournalistJosh Wilson has run the numbers and identifies their 13 target seats outside the Brexit heartlands and 17 vulnerable constituencies they will need to defend.

PS - John Bercow, the now former Speaker, is the unlikely star of a Belgian dance music single called ORDER, which immortalises him in the form of an imperious, boogieing muppet. Watch the music video here.

Mothercare tumbles into administration: What went wrong?

Children's retailer Mothercare will place its UK business in administration after the group became unable to meet "ongoing cash needs", putting around 2,500 jobs at risk. The decision comes as the retailer launches a restructuring plan in an attempt to keep its 79 UK stores afloat. It is set to follow the likes of Bonmarche, Jack Wills and Karen Millen, which have gone bust in recent months as the crisis on the British high street worsens. Read on for details. And Laura Onita outlines what went wrong at Mothercare and what happens next.

The Crown depicts 'fictional plot' to split up Charles and Camilla

Theirs is a relationship that has endured more than its fair share of drama. So royal biographers have expressed incredulity that the makers of The Crown felt the need to embellish the true story of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall's early romance with fictionalised scenes they warned "could cause a lot of damage". Viewers of the third series of the Netflix drama will see the introduction of a young Camilla Shand as she begins dating the heir to the throne. But experts have laughed off some scenes created by the programme makers. Anita Singh was given a first look at the show. Here's her review.

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Video: Families torn apart by US immigration policy

The Trump administration's hardline treatment of child immigrants shocked the world. Ben Riley-Smith meets families still traumatised by the controversial policy. Click here and scroll down to watch heartbreaking interviews telling the story of children living in limbo in the US and the battle for families to be reunited.

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Euro an 'error' | Hungary's leading central banker has launched an outspoken attack on the euro, branding the currency a "strategic error" and a "trap" for some members who should be allowed to leave. Hungary is one of the EU's newest members but remains outside the 19 eurozone countries. Details here.

Sport briefing

The good, the bad and the ugly | After a Rugby World Cup which ended in heartbreak for England, Eddie Jones' side will have plenty of time for reflection in the coming days. So, too, will The Telegraph's sport writers, some of whom have been in Japan from the beginning. Read their final say on the competition.

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