John Bercow's Biographer Shocked At His Resignation

Elias Hubbard
September 11, 2019

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.

Speaker John Bercow was almost blocked from leaving his seat as Remainers attempted to sensationally block the proroguing of Parliament.

Bercow said in response, "I don't care if you don't like it".

"To deploy a perhaps unsafe phrase, I have also sought to be "the backbencher's backstop". He has also been praised for his handling of debates by many, including Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Bercow has angered the Conservative government by repeatedly allowing lawmakers to seize control of Parliament's agenda to steer the course of Brexit.

That legislation became law on Monday afternoon when Queen Elizabeth II gave it royal assent.

"If the house votes tonight for an early general election, my tenure as speaker and MP will end when this parliament ends", Bercow told the chamber.

He paid tribute to his staff, to parliamentarians and to his family. "They are doing what they believe to be right and I recognise my role in this matter".

Describing how Parliamentary security prioritises MPs thought to be most at-risk, he added: "We take it on board, and that is the starting point: the one who is most likely to be under attack and vulnerable".

Bercow, 56, was given a standing ovation from many members of the lower house as he announced his plan to stand down in the coming weeks - particularly by those on the opposition benches.

While Mr Bercow moves on to a new challenge, Coral has also offered the latest odds on the next Commons Speaker, with a Labour replacement touted.

"In your role as speaker, you have totally changed the way in which the job has been done".

"In every decision you have made, you have put one consideration above everything else: Your wish to enable the House of Commons to discuss matters and to have a view".

'With bullying claims, his Brexit bias and a willingness to ride roughshod over established procedures, this Speaker has undermined public faith in Parliament'.

Bercow said of the protest before heading to the Lords.

"It acts in complete disregard to the will of the people - not just on Brexit, but on whom they have chosen to govern them", she wrote in the Mail on Sunday.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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