Ex-Bolton schoolboy Sir Lindsay Hoyle said it was a privilege to be re-elected as the speaker of the House of Commons.

The Chorley MP from Adlington, Lancashire, returned to the role as parliament returned after last week's General Election.

Sir Lindsay, a Bolton Wanderers fan who attended Lords College, was appointed for the first time around four and half years ago after the resignation of John Bercow.

The Lancaster MP Cat Smith said he should be re-elected as the speaker of the House Commons this week in a speech referring to his football fandom and The Whites.

She said: "We all have our flaws and, regrettably, Lindsay does not support Lancashire's finest football team, Barrow, instead donning the colours of Bolton Wanderers.

"We should note the team has both blue and red on its crest, and I think this exemplifies Mr Speaker's even-handedness. 

"As a champion of Lancashire's rugby league tradition, outside Westminster his favourite place is cheering on Warrington Wolves, and in the summer months Lancashire Cricket Club. 

"Like all good sportspeople, Lindsay knows fair play and hard work. For all of those reasons and many, many more I am proud to propose Sir Lindsay Hoyle takes the chair today."

Sir Lindsay survived a no-confidence motion supported by Conservative Party MPs and Scottish National Party MPs over his handling of a vote on the Israeli-Palestinian War this year. 

He said it was a privilege to be re-elected in a speech in which he remembered his father, the former MP Lord Doug Hoyle, who died on April 6.

He said: "I wish to thank the house for the honour it has bestowed upon me. I am aware it is the greatest honour it can give any of its members. 

"I propose to do all within my power to preserve its traditions."

The speaker has a number of responsibilities but their main responsibility is to chair the debates and to call MPs to contribute to these debates.

They are appointed after a General Election or after the death, resignation or retirement of the previous speaker.

This article was written by Jack Tooth. To contact him, email jack.tooth@newsquest.co.uk or follow @JTRTooth on Twitter.