Martin 'to announce resignation' Commons Speaker Michael Martin is to make a statement later amid reports he is preparing to announce his resignation. A spokeswoman for the Speaker said: "I can confirm that the Speaker is making a statement this afternoon and that it is about himself." The 2.30pm statement to the House will come ahead of crisis talks on MPs' expenses with Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Tory leader David Cameron and Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg. Downing Street said it still expected the meeting to go ahead at 4pm. Mr Brown's spokesman said: "We expect the meeting at 4pm to be with Speaker Martin." The spokesman said Mr Brown would be holding his monthly press conference at No 10 at 5.30pm following that meeting. Mr Martin's future was thrown into doubt following extraordinary scenes in the Commons when a series of MPs rose to demand he stand aside or allow a vote of no confidence. Despite saying that he was "profoundly sorry" for his part in what had happened, he showed no indication that he was prepared to go. So far the Government is resisting pressure to allow a Commons debate on a motion of no confidence in Mr Martin tabled by the Tory backbencher Douglas Carswell. But Mr Cameron warned that the motion would have to be put to a vote if it gathered the support of a large number of MPs. Mr Clegg indicated he could be prepared to use one of his party's opposition days - when it selects the subject for discussion - to hold a debate if the Government refuses to timetable one. Mr Carswell, whose motion appears for the first time on the Commons Order Paper, said he believed he had the signatures of 18 MPs from the three main parties. His backers included Labour's Kate Hoey and Lib Dem Norman Baker - the two MPs rebuked last week by Mr Martin over comments they had made, to the dismay of many MPs. The incident brought into sharp focus the widespread unhappiness across Westminster over his handling of the whole issue of MPs' expenses - with some seeing him as an obstacle to reform of the system. Even if Mr Carswell and his supporters are unable to force a vote, there was a feeling among some MPs that Mr Martin's authority had been damaged beyond repair by the events of recent days. Meanwhile, in the latest disclosure over MPs' expenses, the Daily Telegraph reported the Labour MP John Austin claimed more than £10,000 for the redecoration of his London flat - which was just 11 miles from his main home - before selling for a profit. The newspaper reported that the leftwing MP for Erith and Thamesmead had made £30,000 when he sold the flat in Southwark, south London, in 2006. It said he then bought a new flat just 1.5 miles away, claiming £10,000 in stamp duty and other expenses incurred in the move and a further £15,000 on a new bathroom, kitchen, carpets, and appliances.