West Norfolk MP withdraws from Commons Speaker contest
North West Norfolk MP Sir Henry Bellingham has this afternoon pulled out of the race to become the next Speaker of the House of Commons.
He was one of at least eight candidates in the running to replace John Bercow ahead of Monday's election.
But, a day after he was ordered to apologise for breaching Parliamentary rules, Sir Henry, a Conservative, has now withdrawn from the contest.
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