‘An agent for change’: Harriet Harman on her bid to be Speaker

Labour MP says only radical reform can bridge widening gap between parliament and public

Harriet Harman has pledged to be a radically reforming Speaker of the Commons if she succeeds John Bercow, warning that a hidebound parliament must change as rapidly as the outside world to bridge a widening gap between MPs and the public.

The veteran Labour MP and longstanding campaigner for a more modern, family-friendly Commons has even planned a tour of the UK ahead of the election for a new Speaker, so she can ask voters what they think of parliament.

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‘An agent for change’: Harriet Harman on her bid to be Speaker