Defection in the British Conservative ranks: the former Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow announced, Saturday, June 19, his rallying to the Labor Party.
The 58-year-old former speaker, who had frequently and strongly opposed Prime Ministers Boris Johnson and Theresa May during Brexit negotiations, now says he is convinced that the Conservative Party is “Reactionary, populist, nationalist and sometimes even xenophobic”.
However, he spent most of his political career in the Conservative ranks. As President of the Commons from 2009 to 2019, John Bercow gave color to the function of announcer by his calls to order (“Order”) or his famous ties, and his nudges to MPs wishing to hamper the efforts of Theresa May or Boris Johnson to pass legislation related to Brexit.
However, many conservatives and Brexit supporters have criticized him for not having demonstrated the political neutrality required by his duties. ” The ” speaker “Is the highest authority in the Commons and is politically impartial”, specifies the Chamber on its Web site, where is moreover held a count of all the “speakers” since… 1258.
Charges of harassment
Asked by The Observer, John Bercow now says he wants to help Labor oust Boris Johnson from power and wants “Support equality, social justice and internationalism”.
He will also face charges of harassment. According to a report written in 2018 by a former magistrate of the High Court of London, John Bercow is accused of having tyrannized his teams during his ten years as president of the lower house and of having allowed harassment, in particular sexual, to take place. generalize due to a “Culture of deference”.