Tory MP Brian Binley has narrowly missed out on becoming the new deputy speaker for the House of Commons following a Parliamentary vote.
The MP for Northampton South came second in the vote by fellow MPs, missing out to Eleanor Laing, the MP for Epping Forest.
The election went to six rounds of voting, with MPs with the lowest votes dropping out.
In the sixth and final round, 513 valid votes were cast and Mrs Laing won 257 of them, with Mr Binley, receiving 240 votes.
The other contenders were Simon Burns (Chelmsford), Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedforshire), David Amess (Southend West), former foreign office minister Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk) and Gary Streeter (South West Devon).
Speaker John Bercow said: “Eleanor Laing will take up her post immediately. I congratulate her warmly and I may say on behalf of my colleagues and myself that we all greatly look forward to working with her.
“On behalf of the whole House, I should like to thank all of the candidates for participating in the election and for a contest which showed the House at its best.”