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Could Bercow be a caretaker PM in a GNU after 1 November?

Interesting question

By convention, no

But it is a fairly recent convention in historical terms

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The last speaker to become a PM was Henry Addinton in 1801

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Add…

Thirty years later, Manners Sutton was considered a possibility for PM instead of Peel

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_M…

2.
However by 1911, the position was regarded to be so politically neutral that the Speaker was designated to be the one who certified "money bills" that could not be blocked by the Lords

3.
But even now, the only thing which would stop such an eventuality is, well, convention

And we all now know how little convention means nowadays

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