Commons Speaker to Resign

Britons are still reeling over the Parliament pay scandal, and they may have just been dealt their harshest blow yet. Parliament Speaker Michael Martin will announce this afternoon that he will “stand down” from his position following reports that he helped Parliament members bilk the system by claiming "phantom" expenses. His poor handling of the expense scandal outraged other members of Parliament and, according to one colleague, Martin became a “dead Speaker walking.” The last speaker ousted from the House of Commons was Sir John Trevor, who was found guilty of “a high crime and misdemeanour” in 1695. Martin told the Commons yesterday: “Please allow me to say to the men and women of the United Kingdom that we have let you down very badly indeed… I am profoundly sorry.”