Speaker tradition: The BIZARRE tradition as John Bercow is DRAGGED from chair

After potentially a series of votes, a new Speaker will be elected to represent and preside over the House of Commons. 

When the Speaker is elected, the successful candidate is physically dragged to the Chair by other MPs.

This tradition dates back to the times when the Speaker’s function was to communicate the Commons’ opinions to the monarch.

Often, if the monarch did not agree with the messages being communicated by the Commons, it would result in the early death of the Speaker.

Therefore, often Speakers took the position at great risk and had to be dragged from their seat in order to accept the post.

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