Bercow ‘seriously reflecting’ staying on as Speaker until 2022 following alleged ‘bias’ over Brexit

It has been reported that John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, is ‘seriously reflecting’ as staying on as Speaker until 2022 – in defiance of his original plans to step-down in the summer of 2019.

This change of heart has allegedly been caused by the threat of being denied a peerage – an honour given to those following their service as Speaker.

Ministers have accused Mr. Bercow of ‘bias’ over Brexit – believing that his thoughts and sentiments have led him to violate the impartiality of his position. These claims have been strenuously denied.

He was recently criticised for allegedly driving a vehicle with a sticker in the window stating: ‘Bollocks to Brexit’. But, Mr. Bercow pointed out that the vehicle was his wife’s and she is fully entitled to her opinions – also that it would not be proper for a man to control the thoughts of his wife, as she is not property.

Government sources alleged that Mr. Bercow was accused of ‘cheating centuries of procedure’ and as such should not be elevated to the House of Lords. He has been viewed as being sympathetic to the Labour Party as well as those supporting Remain.

One senior Member of Parliament stated: ‘The Speaker will play a critical role in the coming days, selecting amendments and determining parliamentary business. If ministers thought it was a good idea to put his back up they may regret it.’

It was believed that the Speaker would step-down in the summer of 2019 – following the conclusion of the withdrawal from the European Union. He was also caught up in allegations regarding a culture of ‘bullying’ in the House of Commons.

Analysis from Thomas Howard, Editor at TPN:

These accusations levied by some ministers have a poor foundation, hence at present there is nothing which can be done. They believe that the only retribution achievable would be to deny Mr. Bercow elevation to the House of Lords – a tradition which has lasted decades. It seems that the divisions of Brexit are continuing to threaten the foundations of democracy in the United Kingdom.

In response, Mr. Bercow is fully entitled to maintain his position until 2022 – unless formally challenged by the House of Commons. It appears that he will not cave in to the attempt to ensure that he follows the direction of the Government.

John Bercow to leave his post as speaker “next summer” after damning Commons bullying report

The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, will step down from the role following Dame Laura Cox’s report into bullying within the House, which showed that the “bullying and harassment is coming right from the top”.

Labour MP John Mann had his request for an Urgent question on the report accepted by Mr Bercow today, with Conservative MP Maria Miller calling upon the Speaker, who was unanimously elected in 2015 and 2017 following his first election to the role in 2009, to resign. Bercow has denied all allegations against him.

Sir Kevin Barron, the departing chair of the Commons standards committee, led a damaging attack against the Speaker, saying that he didn’t believe Bercow was the best person to change the culture in Westminster. Following accusations earlier this year that Mr Bercow, 55, had bullied his former private secretaries, it is widely believed that he should resign following this latest report.

When he was elected as Speaker, he had very little support from his now former party, the Conservatives, but had managed to win large swathes of Labour MPs over following what many believed was the forcing out of Michael Martin and Bercow’s perceived switch towards the left wing, which infuriated many of the Tory party. However, it would appear that he has lost the support of even his strongest allies.

The new head of the parliamentary standards committee, Labour MP Kate Green, opposed an investigation into Mr Bercow earlier this year following a referral by Kathryn Stone, the parliamentary commissioner for standards, but the committee voted three to two against it.

John Mann’s urgent question on the Cox Report was heard at 2pm today, and numerous MPs, including Maria Miller herself, called upon Mr Bercow to resign. Following the question, it has been reported that he will leave the role next summer, telling close friends that he will step down in his 10th year in the role. The outgoing Speaker has called for an independent investigation into the bullying reports.