It’s natural for there to be some animosity between the Speaker and the Leader of the House, as they fight over the competing rights of the government and backbenchers to alter and introduce legislation. But never has the relationship between the two been as low as it has with Andrea Leadsom and John Bercow.
Their conflict began when Bercow was overheard calling Leadsom a ‘stupid woman’ in the House of Commons. But the pair have since clashed further, with Leadsom calling for Bercow to be stripped of his role overseeing bullying cases and the Speaker responding by publicly reprimanding Leadsom for talking over him in Parliament.
Now, it appears that Leadsom is also taking the fight to social media. She appeared to criticise the Speaker for being sexist yesterday evening, when she pointed out that he hadn’t called any women from the government’s benches during a debate:
Interesting that not a single female MP on government benches has been called yet. Why?
— Andrea Leadsom MP (@andrealeadsom) December 3, 2018
Expect a response from Bercow to follow…