"We should be allowed to do our principal job, our main job, which is to hold the government to account, relentlessly to hold the government to account. "And an attack on that job and that office is not an attack on [the MP], it is an attack on the people who they represent. "There is no greater attack than raiding the office and removing files at the behest and with the consent of the Speaker. And that is, in a very real sense... an outrage. "If we go into the trenches in order to try to defend this then it would be seen as part of a lamentable history on civil liberties issues and it would do us terrible damage at this stage,"From William Hill:
SPEAKER 4/1 FOR THE CHOP BEFORE CHRISTMAS
UNDER-PRESSURE Speaker, Michael Martin, is 4/1 with William Hill to lose his job before Christmas.
'He doesn't seem to have the unanimous support of his Party, let alone the House as a whole and we have taken a string of bets for him to be gone by Christmas. However, we think he is a great survivor who will not step down without a struggle!' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.
Hills offer 1/7 that Martin is still Speaker on December 25, 2008.