New speaker: not a fan of tights

Published: 26th June 2009

New speaker: not a fan of tights
Despite being politically Conservative, the new speaker is hardly conservative of age-old traditions, ditching the famous garb - including the tights - for a simple business suit.

John Bercow, the former Tory MP who was elected as the chief marshal in the House of Commons, decided to do away with the traditional court dress after several of his predecessors gradually dropped certain aspects of it.

The man he succeeded, Michael Martin, was forced to resign from his post after not taking solid action during the MP's expenses scandal, though he still kept his hosiery on during his tenure.

Previous to Mr Martin, both Betty Boothroyd and Bernard Weatherill had worn slight variations on the costume, with Mr Weatherill being the last person to wear the famous wig in the house.

Earlier this week, Mr Martin stepped down as MP for Glasgow North East.

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