John Bercow’s exit timetable allows self-interested Labour MPs to keep having it both ways

The Speaker has given his Labour supporters cover by signalling he will go more or less as soon as Brexit is wrapped up, with an independent inquiry investigating bullying allegations in the meantime.

John Bercow has told friends he will step down next summer, the BBC has reported.

His setting out of a resignation timetable along these lines isn't new – The Times revealed in June that he had privately signalled his intention to go after seeing out Brexit – but the timing is certainly is.

This afternoon the Speaker – for the second time this year – spent over an hour chairing a Commons debate that, as far as many MPs were concerned, was about him.

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source: New Statesman

2018-10-16 18:17
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