Streeter fails in bid to become deputy Speaker
Plymouth MP Gary Streeter has failed in his bid to become deputy Speaker of the House of Commons.
Mr Streeter came fourth in the contest to fill the vacancy left by the departure of Lancashire MP Nigel Evans.
Eleanor Laing, the Conservative MP for Epping Forest, was elected as the new deputy Speaker.
"I am pleased I put my hat in the ring," Mr Streeter told reporters afterwards.
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"It was a good campaign and well received. But it was the outcome I expected.
"Eleanor Laing was always the front runner. It was clear she was getting a lot of support – quite rightly – from many Labour MPs who felt it was time for another woman deputy Speaker."
Asked whether he would stand again, Mr Streeter said: "In the new Parliament in 2015 there will be some vacancies so we'll see."
All MPs were entitled to vote but nominations were open only to members of the governing parties.
In the end all seven candidates were Conservatives, and 551 MPs cast their votes.
In each of five rounds the candidate with the lowest number of votes was eliminated and their votes transferred to the other candidates.
The first to go was Nadine Dorries, the controversial Mid-Bedfordshire MP who was suspended from the Conservative Party last year 2012 for taking part in the reality show I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! She got just 13 votes.
Mr Streeter finished with 95 votes.
Ms Laing will join Lindsay Hoyle and Dawn Primarolo MP as deputy Speakers.