As someone who backed John Bercow's bid to become Speaker, I am naturally delighted that he won the ballot and stand by all my reasons for supporting him, which I outlined here.
I think he will be a superb Speaker and am especially pleased that he won by a larger margin than some had been predicting in the run up to the vote.
However, I am well aware that over recent weeks there has been considerable hostility directed at the new Speaker by a number of Conservatives, much of it unnecessarily vicious in my view - and certainly those who brought members of his family into their attacks on him should have known better.
He was very gracious in his acceptance speech and I don't doubt he will work hard to earn the respect of MPs across the House as he grows into the role over the coming weeks and months. Accordingly, I hope that his detractors will judge him on how he performs as Speaker.
Certainly any talk of planning to oppose his re-election after the next general election is utterly absurd, not least because - if, as I hope, a Conservative Government is elected - I think the public would find it incomprehensible if the first act of a new Conservative-dominated Parliament were to remove the parliamentary umpire.
So I trust that those who were sceptical about the idea of Speaker Bercow will keep their counsel for a while, cast aside their prejudices and observe how he performs in the chair. I think they will be surprised.