facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Clegg calls for speaker's resignation

May 17, 2009 at 3:57 PM   |   Comments

LONDON, May 17 (UPI) -- British House of Commons Speaker Michael Martin should resign over questionable expense claims by members of Parliament, the Liberal Democratic Party says.

Liberal Democratic leader Nick Clegg said Martin should step down because he was not the "right man" to lead Parliament through a crisis in credibility over continuing revelations of members making dubious personal expense claims, the BBC reported Sunday.

Clegg became the most senior politician so far to call for the speaker's resignation, dramatically upping the momentum behind efforts to unseat him, the broadcaster said.

Telling the BBC he didn't do so "lightly or with any relish," Clegg nonetheless said it had become clear Martin had to resign to help begin a process by which confidence in Parliament could be restored.

"I don't think he is the right man for the job of leading the renewal of Westminster that we need," Clegg said, adding that Martin is a "dogged defender of the status quo" at a time when Parliament needs a radical reformer.

Topics: Nick Clegg
© 2009 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Marijuana decriminalized in Philadelphia Marijuana decriminalized in Philadelphia
2
Reports claim Ukraine used cluster bombs in Donetsk city Reports claim Ukraine used cluster bombs in Donetsk city
3
Early completion of refit of Italian aircraft carrier Early completion of refit of Italian aircraft carrier
4
No, Banksy hasn't been arrested, nor his identity revealed No, Banksy hasn't been arrested, nor his identity revealed
5
Pope Francis condemns 'hostile inflexibility' within the church Pope Francis condemns 'hostile inflexibility' within the church
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback