Eleanor Laing has fallen short in her bid to become speaker for the House of Commons.

The MP for Epping Forest made the final three vote which saw Labour MP for Chorley, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, voted into the position after John Bercow stepped down.

In a statement on Twitter, Dame Eleanor Laing said: “I gave it my best shot, but it wasn’t meant to be this time. I’m proud to have made the final three in the #SpeakerElection today.

“Thank you to everyone who has supported me, including my family, friends and team.”

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