John Bercow blasted as a ‘verbal playground bully’ as NINE MPs line up to replace the controversial Commons Speaker saying there needs to be a ‘culture shift’ under his replacement
- Nine MPs took pot shots at the controversial parliamentary gatekeeper today
- They took part in a hustings ahead of an election for the role on November 4
- Mr Bercow will fill the chair for the final time on October 31 after 10 years in post
John Bercow was branded a ‘verbal playground bully’ today as MPs lined up to take his place as Commons Speaker.
Nine senior parliamentarians took pot shots at the controversial parliamentary gatekeeper as they too part in a special hustings ahead of an election for the role.
Mr Bercow, who has infuriated Brexiteers over his interventionist policy over Brexit, and been at the heart of a bullying controversy, is to step down at the end of the month after a decade in the chair.
Tory MP Shailesh Vara said he believed Mr Bercow had ‘tarnished the role of Speaker with his biasness’ over Brexit and described him as a ‘verbal playground bully’.
Mr Vara said Mr Bercow ‘loses all authority to lecture to MPs as to how they should behave when his own behaviour is in question’.
He added: ‘So I think that the speaker should always be courteous and polite, authoritative yes, but not demeaning to his colleagues.’
Mr Bercow, who has infuriated Brexiteers over his interventionist policy over Brexit, and been at the heart of a bullying controversy, is to step down at the end of the month
Tory MP Shailesh Vara said he believed Mr Bercow had ‘tarnished the role of Speaker with his biasness’ over Brexit, while Sir Lindsay Hoyle, said: ‘We don’t need to be a bear pit’
Labour’s Harriet Harman, the longest serving female MP said: ‘I think the public were appalled by what they saw on television’ when Parliament was first prorogued
The election of the next Commons Speaker will take place on November 4, after Mr Bercow – who has held the office since 2009 – takes the chair for the final time on October 31.
The candidates were asked if they thought Mr Bercow ‘behaved well’ back at the time of the initial prorogation period, and whether they would have handled it any differently.
The now-overturned prorogation saw farcical scenes in the Commons chamber in the early hours of the morning
Scuffles broke out in the House of Commons amid unprecedented scenes as MPs protested against Boris Johnson’s suspension of Parliament.
As the traditional proroguing ceremony got underway to bring the session of Parliament to a close, opposition members surged towards the Speaker’s chair holding signs reading ‘Silenced’.
Remain supporter Mr Bercow, who hours earlier had announced he was quitting, himself delivered an impassioned speech against the suspension of Commons business, branding it ‘not normal’ and telling one Tory who objected to his stance: ‘I couldn’t give a flying flamingo what your view is.’
Labour former minister Chris Bryant said he hated the ‘chaos in the chamber’, adding: ‘I didn’t think that did us any favours. I thought it was crazy that we were doing it at 2 o’clock in the morning or whatever it was.’
Tory Sir Henry Bellingham added: ‘I think the Speaker rose to the occasion in his own way but I think he shouldn’t have shown disbelief.’
Labour’s Harriet Harman, the longest serving female MP said: ‘I think the public were appalled by what they saw on television and I completely agree with them.’
Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the favourite to replace Mr Bercow, said: ‘We have to get the public to put their trust back in Parliament.’
He added: ‘We don’t need to be a bear pit.’
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