John Bercow

John Bercow picks his favourite parliamentarian of all time: himself

14 August 2019 10:12

John Bercow addressed a packed crowd at the Edinburgh festival yesterday. He was gently quizzed by Susan Morrison who hailed…

John Bercow’s authority has now collapsed

19 June 2019 15:45

The title ‘Father of the House’ tends to give the bearer a chronic problem with wind. The present holder, Ken…

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Why John Bercow seems to delight in irritating Tory MPs

27 March 2019 23:30

Once again, the Commons has concluded its day with rather chaotic scenes involving Tory MPs having a scrap with John…

The problem with Westminster is that politicians don’t do their jobs

23 March 2019 7:00

The trouble with Mr Speaker, even when he makes the right decision, is his motives. Fame is the spur and…

John Bercow only has eyes for Labour

15 January 2019 12:32

While much remains uncertain when it comes to how Brexit will play out in the coming days and weeks, it…

John Bercow steps up his battle with ministers

14 January 2019 17:26

John Bercow clearly isn’t backing down in his stand-off with ministers. Today he opened a new front in the House…

Has Speaker Bercow outstayed his welcome?

10 January 2019 15:12

John Bercow has been an excellent, reforming Speaker of the House of Commons. He has supercharged backbenchers with greater use…

11 times John Bercow did care about Parliamentary precedent

10 January 2019 10:41

John Bercow ditched Parliamentary precedent when he allowed a vote to take place on Dominic Grieve’s Brexit amendment yesterday. His decision…

Focusing on Bercow won’t change the ‘toxic culture’ of bullying in the Commons

17 October 2018 16:56

Today’s Prime Minister’s Questions was a little shorter than usual. This was partly because, as James says, John Bercow spoke…

Labour chooses party political interest over tackling Commons bullying

16 October 2018 14:06

Why has Labour decided to give John Bercow at least a stay of execution as Speaker? Emily Thornberry was asked…

Brexit is the only thing keeping John Bercow in the Speaker’s chair

15 October 2018 14:21

John Bercow’s job is being saved by Brexit. Not just because the Brexit drama means that Dame Laura Cox QC’s…

Bercow admits calling Andrea Leadsom ‘stupid’

21 May 2018 17:13

John Bercow has finally spoken out over reports alleging that he called Andrea Leadsom a ‘stupid woman’ in the Chamber…

How long can John Bercow hang on?

18 May 2018 17:18

How long can John Bercow hang on for as Speaker of the House of Commons? In recent months, he has…

Watch: Former Bercow staffer – ‘There was bullying’

2 May 2018 0:05

Although John Bercow once said he would only serve as Commons Speaker for only nine years, the Conservative MP has…

John Bercow should keep his opinions to himself

28 March 2018 14:59

Late on in PMQs today, Joanna Cherry, an SNP MP, asked Theresa May about the case of a Syrian refugee…

Bercow’s ‘bollocks to Brexit’ sticker disgraces his office

13 March 2018 11:36

‘I have neither eyes to see, nor tongue to speak, in this place, but as the house is pleased to…

Watch: John Bercow gives the Chancellor a ticking off – ‘stick to your abacus!’

27 February 2018 12:10

Oh dear. It’s no secret that there is little love lost between the Conservatives and the Speaker. John Bercow rarely…

Does John Bercow think politics is illegal?

21 February 2018 15:39

The Speaker decided that he should be the star-turn at PMQs, descending from his high chair and delivered one his longest ever speeches

The John Bercow guide to understanding women

30 October 2017 20:40

As Parliament sleaze dominated Commons business today, John Bercow told MPs ‘there is a need for change’ – describing allegations of…

Watch: John Bercow’s strange Scottish turn

23 October 2017 17:41

Oh dear. Although John Bercow has a penchant for winding up Conservative MPs in the Chamber, he also has a…