Saturday, 28 Mar 2020

John Bercow MOCKED: How former Commons Speaker faced BRUTAL joke from MP

Mr Bercow has decided not to stand as an MP in this election, following his stepping down as Speaker on October 31. He has been replaced by former Deputy Speaker Lindsay Hoyle. Now, he is entering the media world by appearing as a special guest during the Sky News coverage of the general election results on Thursday evening.

Over the years, Mr Bercow has been a controversial figure and has often clashed with his peers, but it was never more apparent than back in 2011 when he was still relatively new to the role.

Rumours spread around Westminster in July 2011 that Mr Bercow was being sent to Kabul as part of a parliamentary exchange programme.

He was apparently set to trade places with his counterpart in the Afghan parliament, Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, in an effort to bond the democratic institutions of the two countries and impart his knowledge of managing the British House of Commons.

When the news of this arose, one MP cheekily expressed a hope that Mr Bercow could be provided with a one-way ticket so he never returned to the Commons, according to Tory MP Rob Wilson in the Telegraph.

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The Afghanistan rumour was quickly dismissed, as a spokeswoman for the former Speaker said: “The Speaker has not received an invitation to go to Afghanistan and has no plans to go to Afghanistan.”

Mr Bercow’s wife Sally also claimed that it was “news to me” that her husband might be travelling to the war-stricken country.

There was speculation that then-Prime Minister David Cameron was taking his revenge on Mr Bercow for cutting him short during two sessions of Prime Minister’s Questions not long before the rumour started.

The Speaker’s interventions had caused frustration among his Conservative colleagues.

Mr Bercow appeared to move towards the centre ground during his time in Parliament and was elected in 2009 based mostly off the support from Labour benches.

Former Tory backbencher Mr Wilson said at the time: “He constantly interrupts and chastises Conservative MPs, while giving generous leeway to our Labour opponents.”

He urged the Speaker to change his approach, warning: “This is not just vital in terms of his tenure in the Speaker’s chair: it is constitutional.”

More recently, Mr Bercow has infuriated Brexiteers with his perceived bias towards Remainers.

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Convention states that the Speaker should remain politically impartial, but after admitting he voted to Remain in the EU to Reading students in 2017, some of his parliamentary decisions have been questioned.

For example, in March he sparked fury when he allowed pro-EU MPs the opportunity to amend a government motion with votes on a series of Brexit scenarios.

He claimed the precedents were there suggesting rules had been broken and that it was important to have a “degree of political and intellectual flexibility”.

Mr Bercow added: “We cannot be exclusively guided by tradition in the sense of what has happened before or nothing would ever change.”

Since stepping down as Speaker, Mr Bercow has come clean about his staunchly anti-Brexit views.

He branded Brexit the UK’s “biggest foreign policy blunder in the post-war period” and claimed the advantages of being in the bloc “greatly outweigh” the disadvantages.

He even claimed the UK is “not bound by the 2016 EU referendum” to carry out the verdict and leave the EU.

Mr Bercow is now appearing on Sky News’ election night programme, joining host Dermot Munaghan to give his colourful take on the events of the night as results come in.

Head of Sky News John Rylet said: “It promises to be a night of political frenzy with the very future of the UK at stake.

“I’m confident this will be Sky News’ biggest, boldest election night programme, covering every twist and turn of the night, with explanation and analysis for all audiences.”

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