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Michael Martin gives MPs what they asked for — his resignation as Speaker of the House of Commons. Thus ends an almost nine-year reign for the Glaswegian who started out as a sheet metal worker.

The BBC reports on the underwhelming — and controversial — end to his career.

Mere hours after announcing he would give up his position, Martin said that “MPs will no longer be allowed to ‘flip’ second homes or claim for household goods … as part of a ‘robust’ set of interim measures aimed at resolving the MPs’ expenses crisis”, reports The Guardian.

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