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House of Commons Speaker Resigns

Anthony Rota has resigned as Speaker of the House of Commons

Anthony Rota has resigned as Speaker of the House of Commons over his invitation to, and the House's subsequent recognition of, a man who fought for a Nazi unit during the Second World War.

Rota announced his unprecedented decision to step aside after meeting with the House leaders from all parties on Parliament Hill. 

The move comes as pressure was growing from MP's of all parties calling on him to "do the honourable thing" and vacate the Speaker's chair.

Rota's resignation will take effect at the end of tomorrow's sitting of Parliament, to allow preparations for the election of a new speaker.

 

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