John Bercow

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…

Tina Stowell is right – going tieless could magnify class division in parliament 

7 August 2017 11:58

John Bercow’s decision to allow MPs in the House of Commons to dispense with ties has been hailed by some as a…

Spotted: John Bercow back in the Royal Box at Wimbledon

13 July 2017 17:52

Wimbledon wouldn’t be Wimbledon without strawberries and cream, Pimms and…John Bercow in the Royal Box. The speaker of the House…

John Bercow picks on the Hon Member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip

30 March 2017 12:12

In the excitement of the Prime Minister’s Article 50 statement — and the subsequent SNP row over heckling — yesterday,…

Tory MP’s Bercow plot fails to land a blow

21 February 2017 16:04

After John Bercow announced in the House of Commons that he would block any calls for President Trump to speak in Westminster…

The Stop Trump protests are the ultimate virtue signal

20 February 2017 16:56

This afternoon, across Britain, the most pro-establishment demo of modern times will take place. Sure, the Stop Trump protesters gathering…

For the sake of Britain’s constitution, will everyone please shut up?

18 February 2017 10:00

One of the striking features of Britain’s unwritten constitution is how it relies on various people keeping their opinions to…

The Spectator podcast: Isis’s last stand

16 February 2017 11:28

On this week’s podcast, we discuss what the end of Isis means for a fragile Middle East, debate whether John Bercow…

John Bercow must be saved from the paroxysms of Parliament’s angry men

13 February 2017 19:36

John Bercow is a curious little poppet. He’s come a long way since his spotty days of undergraduate hangem’n’floggery in the…

Ken Loach’s Bafta’s diatribe shows he is stuck in the past

13 February 2017 10:49

Ken Loach, who seems to defy the rule that you get more right-wing as you get older, used his Bafta acceptance…