BOLTON 'SMPs have welcomed the election of Wanderers fan Sir Lindsay Hoyle as Speaker ensuring the town’s voice is heard at Westminster.

The 62-year-old won Chorley for Labour in 1997 will now be in charge of House of Commons proceedings

He was educated at Lord's College in Bolton and is a lifelong Whites supporter.

Bolton North-East MP Sir David Crausby said: “Bolton Wanderers have won their last two matches and now one of their supporters has been elected Speaker of the House of Commons. Hopefully the clubs fortunes are turning.,

"Sir Lindsay will be a great Speaker."

His Bolton South East Labour colleague Yasmin Qureshi said; "I am very pleased. It is great for the town to have a Bolton Wanderers fan in the chair of the Commons."

Bolton West Conservative MP Chris Green said: "Im am delighted that a Bolton educated supporter of Bolton Wanderers is no Speaker. It will help ensure the town's voice is heard at Westminster"

Sir Lindsay told the Bolton News:: “I am absolutely about ensuring Lancashire ‘s voice is heard and Lancashire values are brought to the House of Commons."