Lindsay Hoyle: How candidate for Speaker wanted to rename Heathrow after Princess Diana

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SIR LINDSAY HOYLE, the favourite to replace John Bercow as Commons Speaker, called for Heathrow Airport to be re-named after Princess Diana following the news of her tragic death.

On Monday, John Bercow told colleagues in Parliament that he would be stepping down from his post as Commons Speaker by October 31 – the day the UK is supposed to leave the EU. It comes after Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom revealed that the Conservatives were planning to break with convention and field a candidate in his Buckingham constituency at the next election. The tearful resignation speech received a standing ovation from opposition parties, while the Conservative front bench sat quietly.

Mr Bercow has often been accused of not respecting constitutional conventions and showing a pro-Remain bias in his parliamentary decision-making.

The most obvious choice to replace Mr Bercow though, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, appears to be a much less controversial figure.

He has often been lauded by both sides of the political spectrum for his calm and evenhanded approach.

The veteran Labour MP has also had a relatively quiet political life, but gained particular popularity in the days after the death of Princess Diana in August 1997.

Lindsay Hoyle called for Heathrow Airport to be re named after Princess Diana Image GETTY
Lindsay Hoyle called for Heathrow Airport to be re named after Princess Diana Image GETTY

Lindsay Hoyle called for Heathrow Airport to be re-named after Princess Diana (Image: GETTY)

John Bercow announced he will be stepping down as Commons Speaker by October Image GETTY
John Bercow announced he will be stepping down as Commons Speaker by October Image GETTY

John Bercow announced he will be stepping down as Commons Speaker by October 31 (Image: GETTY)

According to a 1997 report by the Independent, Mr Hoyle asked for a new national children’s hospital to be but as a memorial to her and also wrote to airport operator BAA, operators of London Heathrow Airport, urging them to change the airport’s name to Diana, Princess of Wales Airport.

Explaining his reasons, he said at the time: “This would be an ideal way to keep Diana’s name constantly in people’s minds the world over.

“It would be a marvellous working tribute to her for her name to be associated in the years ahead with international travel.”

The Conservative leader, William Hague, also added his voice to the calls for London’s Heathrow Airport to be re-named.

Sir Lindsay Hoyle Image PA
Sir Lindsay Hoyle Image PA

Sir Lindsay Hoyle (Image: PA)

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Heathrow Airport Image GETTY

Heathrow Airport (Image: GETTY)

The campaign reportedly gained cross-party support at Westminster.

However, it is not clear why neither of Mr Hoyle proposal’s was eventually carried out.

In the years after her death, interest in the life of Diana has remained high.

As a temporary memorial, the public co-opted the Flamme de la Liberté [Flame of Liberty], a monument near the Alma Tunnel related to the French donation of the Statue of Liberty to the United States.

Princess Diana died in the early hours of August Image GETTY
Princess Diana died in the early hours of August Image GETTY

Princess Diana died in the early hours of August 31 (Image: GETTY)

The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain was opened by the Queen in Hyde Park in Image GETTY
The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain was opened by the Queen in Hyde Park in Image GETTY

The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain was opened by the Queen in Hyde Park in 2004 (Image: GETTY)

Source: EXPRESS CO UK