Speaker

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…

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…

What the papers say: Why Bercow was wrong – or right – to speak out about Trump

7 February 2017 8:30

John Bercow has grabbed the headlines this morning with his pronouncement on Donald Trump’s state visit. But was he right…

Watch: John Bercow takes Anna Soubry to task in Commons showdown

30 January 2016 8:00

Last year Alex Salmond told Anna Soubry to ‘behave yourself, woman‘ after the pair clashed in the chamber. While it was Salmond who…

PMQs Sketch: Cameron’s lurches to the left

15 July 2015 16:08

‘Put that on your leaflets,’ snarled Cameron at PMQs. Inwardly he was gloating. Labour voted against Tory welfare reforms last…

PMQs sketch: In sickness and in health

26 November 2014 17:25

Health, health, health. Viewers of PMQs must be sick of it by now. Health this, health that. Health, health. On…

What has the killjoy Speaker got against oysters and champagne?

11 November 2014 17:21

In his campaign to make every single member of the Conservative benches want to throttle him, the Speaker launched a…

Michael Fabricant sharpens his attack on John Bercow

4 September 2014 13:16

MPs are continuing to chip away at John Bercow as best they can. At questions following the Business Statement in…

The growing campaign against John Bercow’s choice for Commons clerk

22 August 2014 13:03

The campaign against Speaker Bercow’s plan to appoint Carol Mills as Clerk of the House is growing on the Tory…

John Bercow’s problem with PMQs

17 April 2014 17:27

John Bercow doesn’t like Prime Minister’s Questions. He’s told the BBC in an interview that it is ‘so bad’—in other…

MPs push ministers on regional benefit cap – as Tories mull putting it in manifesto

24 February 2014 16:23

One of the regular duties of a Work and Pensions minister is to defend his or her programme of reform…

Bercow calls ‘no-hopers’ to order

14 August 2012 14:14

John Bercow’s interview with the World at One was guaranteed to raise a few hackles across Westminster, and he certainly…

Put a sock in her

6 February 2011 16:05

For once, I am in total agreement with Nigel Farage: the best way for Sally Bercow to help her husband…

Nadine Dorries’ Kill Bercow email

18 May 2010 10:30

Via PoliticsHome. If anything sways hearts and minds, then I suspect it will be the name of Sir Menzies Campbell…

We should judge Bercow at the end of this Parliament

18 May 2010 9:11

Well, the news that Sir Menzies Campbell is lobbying to be made Speaker – asrevealed by Iain Dale last night…

Truesay! A Motto for Our Times

25 March 2010 10:19

My friend and colleague Jo Phillips has been roaming the country promoting the must-read book of the forthcoming election. Why…