Sunday, 8 Dec 2019

Election POLL: Will you avoid the Sky News election coverage with John Bercow? VOTE HERE

The former House of Commons Speaker will join Dermot Murnaghan to give his take on the election results as they unfold live on air. Sky News hope John Bercow, who recently stepped down after a ten year stint in the role, will bring “authority and wit” to the broadcaster’s coverage on December 12. But the decision to bring Mr Bercow on board has infuriated the British public, with many threatening to boycott the broadcaster that night.

The former Speaker became highly controversial towards the end of his tenure, as he was accused of siding with Remainers during crucial Brexit debates.

For example, he allowed a motion to vote on the Benn Bill, which eventually passed into law and forced the Prime Minister to seek a Brexit delay from the EU.

This led to accusations he was “unilaterally changing the rules” to allow Tory Remainers to take control of the Commons.

Mr Bercow also recently claimed Britain’s decision to leave the EU was the “biggest foreign policy mistake in the post-war period”.

As a result, Express.co.uk is asking you, our readers, if you plan to boycott Sky’s election coverage with the former Speaker?

Other broadcasters, including the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, are all expected to have live coverage of the election results.

Announcing the news yesterday, John Ryley, head of Sky News said: “It promises to be a night of political frenzy with the very future of the United Kingdom 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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“Sky News will have all the bases covered to analyse the results as they start to be reported, with the exit poll released at 10pm giving the first indication towards the possible outcome.

“We’re delighted to be welcoming John Bercow to our general election coverage. House of Commons Speaker for 10 years, John will bring his own authority, and no little wit to a night of high drama.”

Following the news, many Britons took to Twitter to accuse Sky of Remainer bias in their recruitment of Mr Bercow.

One said: “Sky’s Remainer panel is complete, so expect an EU and Lib Dem love in on election night, and forget impartiality.”

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Another commented: “One not to watch then but Bercow will be right at home in that nest of undemocratic Remainers.”

A third person wrote: “Well that’s one programme I won’t be watching. You definitely are showing your anti-Brexit bias.”

Tonight Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn will go head-to-head in a live TV debate on ITV.

Airing at 8pm, the two leaders will answer questions from ITV viewers.

They will also deliver a one minute opening statement and at the conclusion of the hour broadcast, a closing statement of 45 seconds.

Jo Swinson, Nicola Sturgeon, Siân Berry and Nigel Farage, who were not invited to the main debate, will take part in a one-hour live interview programme at 10pm to give them a chance to set out their campaigns and comment on the leaders debate.

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