Sir Alan Haselhurst has just confirmed to me that he does not intend to stand in the election for the two Deputy Speaker positions, and I can also reveal that Conservative MP Nigel Evans and Labour MP Lindsay Hoyle will be among those contesting the election.
Because of the way the Procedure Committee structured this, Sir Alan could not have stood for his current position, as that has to go to a Labour Party representative, so he has decided to retire from a presiding role altogether. It's a shame the system was decided in this manner as his experience could have been put to very good use.
Nigel Evans is already on the Chairman's Panel and would certainly bring some colour and flamboyance to the role if he's elected. He's popular on all sides of the House and I think would be a very good choice. I've always thought he would look good in tights...
I am also told, but cannot yet confirm, that Roger Gale and Edward Leigh are both considering running.