John Bercow

John Bercow blasts Brexit

6 November 2019 16:24

When John Bercow was House of Commons Speaker, there was a sense on both sides that he was a politician…

John Bercow wasn’t the only one crying at his final PMQs

30 October 2019 16:26

John Bercow, at his last ever PMQs, heard tributes from all sides of the house. ‘Best speaker I’ve seen,’ said…

Why everyone benefitted from Bercow’s refusal to allow today’s meaningful vote

21 October 2019 17:32

It was hardly a surprise that this afternoon John Bercow ruled out allowing the government to bring back its meaningful…

Watch: Peter Bone’s concern for John Bercow’s lost voice

3 October 2019 11:32

Poor John Bercow is suffering from a lost voice this morning, which is somewhat unfortunate for a Speaker. But fortunately…

Can the next Speaker put parliament back together again?

16 September 2019 13:32

MPs who aren’t in the process of defecting to the Liberal Democrats are using their conference recess to phone around…

The six strangest moments from Parliament’s prorogation protest

10 September 2019 11:25

Early this morning at around 2am, the Commons witnessed some of the most extraordinary behaviour seen in the Chamber in living memory,…

Who will replace John Bercow as Speaker?

10 September 2019 7:35

Now that John Bercow has announced his imminent departure, an inevitable political bun fight will surely follow. The outgoing Speaker…

John Bercow’s nauseating farewell

9 September 2019 18:37

I didn’t think the smug triumphalism of the Remainer Alliance could get any more nauseating, but this afternoon it did.…

John Bercow has been a necessary defender of Parliament

9 September 2019 18:28

John Bercow’s decision not to stand for re-election will bring some satisfaction to Brexiteers after several miserable weeks. The Speaker…

John Bercow offers a parting shot as he announces plans to quit

9 September 2019 16:19

Whatever happens in this evening’s election vote, John Bercow will not be the House of Commons Speaker come 1 November.…

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…