CHORLEY MP Sir Lindsay Hoyle was elected the new Speaker of the House of Commons on Monday night.

With his lulling Lancastrian tones, the Labour MP's appointment will mean a more regional English accent being heard guiding proceedings, rather than his predecessor John Bercow's southern bark.

His easy-on-the-ear Northern twang does not mean Sir Lindsay is a stranger to tackling the boisterousness of those on the green benches.

First elected MP for Chorley in 1997, he has been Mr Bercow's most senior deputy - known by the formal title chairman of ways and means - since 2010, when post-expenses scandal reforms saw the role elected by MPs rather than appointed by the Leader of the Commons.

The Bolton Wanderers FC fan saw his public profile rise after his handling of a spiky Budget speech in 2013.

MPs were particularly riled that year after the main policy announcements appeared in the London Evening Standard newspaper before the then-chancellor George Osborne stood up at the despatch box.

Rebuking one unruly parliamentarian, he bellowed: "The panto season is not for another nine months."

He also scolded the SNP for singing Ode To Joy, the European Union's anthem, during the vote to trigger Article 50.

Sir Lindsay, 62, became favourite for the role of Commons referee when Mr Bercow announced he was stepping down after 10 years in the chair.

Following the terror attack on Parliament in March 2017, and the killing of PC Keith Palmer, MPs were privately full of praise for Sir Lindsay - at the time still nine months away from being included in the 2018 Honours List for services to political and public life - for the resonant chord he struck.

Sir Lindsay received 325 votes as he fought off competition from candidates including Labour veteran Harriet Harman and Chris Bryant, who came in second place with 213 votes.

Sir Lindsay said: “It is a true honour to be elected as 158th Speaker of the House of Commons.

"As an impartial, fair and independent Chair, I intend to maintain public trust in this most vital of institutions.

"I believe that MPs provide an essential service and I will make sure they are properly supported in this challenging role.

"Equally, I will ensure that parliamentary debate is often robust but always respectful.

"Of course, the honour of becoming Speaker will never surpass the honour of representing the wonderful constituency of Chorley in the County Palatine of Lancashire, and my commitment to my constituents will not change.”

The ex-textiles printing businessman paid tribute on Monday to a "great hero" - former speaker Betty Boothroyd, who watched from the gallery.