Vote using phones and iPads, Bercow says

Commons Speaker John Bercow. Credit: PA

People should be able to use mobile phones and iPads to vote, John Bercow has said.

The Commons Speaker insisted it would not be an "earth-shattering change" if elections were conducted with such technology in future.

He also suggested that MPs could be allowed to vote electronically in Parliament, after centuries in which they have been manually counted through division lobbies.

He said: "In an era in which many people bank, search for a partner and conduct their most private of business online, treating their mobile phone or tablet as an extension of themselves, why should we not enable them to cast their vote using the same or similar tools, if they so wish?"