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A look back at the Speaker's career

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The Speaker of the House of Commons, Michael Martin, is to announce he is stepping down after eight years in the post.

Mr Martin's role recently became embroiled in a series of controversies surrounding the MPs' expenses row.

The BBC's Carole Walker looks back at his career.

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