What we learned from the first Speaker's hustings

The nine candidates to succeed John Bercow faced off in Parliament this morning.

Predictably, the first question asked of all nine candidates concerned the man they want to replace: John Bercow. Had the incumbent damaged his office’s reputation for impartiality?

Only one candidate, the former Tory minister Shailesh Vara, answered the question without qualification — and gave a straight no. Comparing Bercow to a playground bully - a phrase he returned to throughout the hustings - he claimed he had demeaned his office. 

Strikingly, neither Edward...
source: New Statesman

2019-10-09 15:38
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