Friday, 20 September, 2019

Speaker John Bercow to stand down after Tory election threats

Tearful House of Commons Speaker John Bercow to stand down amid Brexit chaos UK Commons Speaker John Bercow resigns as Parliament suspended
Deanna Wagner | 11 September, 2019, 12:24

The favourite to succeed John Bercow as Speaker of the House of Commons has led the fight to protect Jewish and Muslim MPs from online abuse, calling on social media companies to do more.

The MP for Buckingham has been accused by critics of frustrating the entire process despite his "impartial" role as Speaker.

Mr Bercow announced on Monday he would stand down on October 31, the day the United Kingdom leaves the EU. It will mean the next Speaker will be chosen by the current cohort of MPs, two thirds of whom voted Remain.

He also said it would be better than after a general election, when new MPs may come under party influence in their choice of the next speaker.

In January, he came under pressure to resign after he was found to have a "Bollocks to Brexit" sticker in his vehicle window.

During the traditional proroguing ceremony told politicians she required their presence in the House of Lords.

Holding the position since 2009, Bercow is the longest-serving speaker since the Second World War, and has called "order!" over four parliaments and under four prime ministers.

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But that has not satisfied members of Parliament who have dealt Johnson six defeats in six days, blocking a no-deal Brexit and then rejecting a government motion for snap elections on Monday night, in what was the final vote of the parliamentary session. "Our democracy is the stronger for your being the Speaker", Mr Corbyn said.

John Bercow is set to become the first Speaker in 230 years not to be offered a peerage when he quits next month.

Harriet Harman also confirmed she will run to become the next Commons Speaker.

Yesterday Boris Johnson visited the Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar where he said he still believes getting a deal with the European Union is possible. His hilarious interventions have made the last three years not only bearable but frankly enjoyable.

As Conservative MPs heckled him, Bercow replied: "I could not give a flying flamingo what your view is!"

Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom revealed the move, a breach of long-standing convention, in The Mail on Sunday, accusing Bercow of breaking the rules of Parliament by allowing MPs to take control of the Commons' agenda to pass legislation to block a no-deal Brexit.