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Michael Martin | Sajid Javid’s pose | Crossword clue | David Beckham’s tattoo | Spellchecker

You report that Lord Martin (Obituary, 30 April) was the last Speaker of the House of Commons to resign “since Sir John Trevor in 1695”. This is, to put it kindly, historically inaccurate. Sir John Trevor did not resign. He was expelled from the house. Two other Speakers in succeeding centuries were denied re-election: Sir Fletcher Norton in 1780 and Sir Charles Manners-Sutton in 1835.
Philip Norton
University of Hull

• This May bank holiday, the striking pose assumed by the new home secretary will be a frequent sight at the helm of particularly shiny boats, often topped off with the wearing of a white captain’s hat.
Ian Grieve
Gordon Bennett, Shropshire Union canal

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