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John Bercow In trouble & Told Off By House Of Commons

Former Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, has been criticised by the Commons authorities in light of his new autobiography being published.

John Bercow recently released his book titled ‘Unspeakable’. In the book, the former Speaker discusses his time as Speaker over the past decade.

However, he has since been criticised for naming members of staff in the book without their prior permission. Bercow has a series of allegations against him made by former parliament staff.

The House of Commons authorities were unaware of the names of those involved in the book and were not given a warning by Mr Bercow. He has since been given a job at a London university’s politics department.

A spokesperson for the Commons said: “House of Commons staff work incredibly hard to enable the effective functioning of our democracy and have a right to expect that their privacy be respected. It is unacceptable to publicly name current or former staff without their prior knowledge or authority, especially for the purpose of financial gain or commercial success.

“A crucial element of the work of House of Commons staff is to provide confidential, impartial advice to MPs. Breaking this confidentiality undermines this important principle and also places staff in a position from which they are unable to respond.”

Later adding: “In his book, Mr Bercow has chosen to name a number of staff who have never spoken publicly about their experiences or sought to gain publicity as a result. We condemn this behaviour and stand by our previous statement on the matter.”

After stepping down as Speaker in October, Bercow expressed his disagreement with Brexit and claimed it was a major foreign policy mistake. The UK has since left the European Union.

John Bercow’s agent released a statement, saying: “Given there is a small but highly vocal group of people consistently seeking to blacken his name, it would be odd if Mr Bercow did not comment on their unfounded allegations and the reasons behind them. He was advised by Speaker’s Counsel not to do so in detail while he was in office. He is, therefore, doing so now.”

Bercow has not been awarded a peerage and was replaced in the Commons by Labour MP Lindsay Hoyle.

* Article feed supplied by Political UK


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