Return of Awkward Ed

Creeping into the Commons just behind Nick Clegg to be sworn in as the MP for Doncaster last week, old habits died hard for Ed Miliband. Going in to shake John Bercow’s hand, Awkward Ed managed to knock over the Speaker’s glass of water right in front of the government benches. There is some confusion as to where exactly the spilled drink ended up, with one eye witness claiming it landed all over the former Labour leader’s crotch. The Speaker’s Office have declined to comment. You’ll miss him now he’s gone…

Tory / Bercow Love In Continues

New Tory Party Deputy Chairman Rob Halfon has told The Sun he wants to change the Tory party logo from an tree to a ladder:

“We are the party of the ladder, it was Churchill who first said that. The ladder symbolises everything we’re about. If you’re in poverty we’ll get you into work, if you’re in work we’ll cut your taxes. If you want to own your home, we’ll help you do that too. It’s not just leaving people to climb up it themselves, we hold that ladder for them.”

Re-elected Speaker John Bercow will be pleased, he chose the symbol for his coat of arms:


Though crueller Tories at the time said it represented his social climbing…

Speaker Re-Elected Unopposed

Was it Sally wot swung it?

UPDATE: Cameron’s kind and generous welcome:

Official: No Move Against Bercow Next Week

The Prime Minister told the 1922 Committee this morning that the government would be re-electing John Bercow when the Commons convenes next week.

Apparently Dave said “I think we’ve got more on our plate than the Speaker”.

Intriguingly, Bercow has more on his plate at the moment too. Namely being cuckolded by his cousin.

#GUIDO4BUCKS: Blogger to Challenge Speaker at Election

After ten years of sniping from the sidelines, Guido has decided to up his game. This website has never been John Bercow’s biggest fan, but now it is time to throw down the gauntlet…

When he was a lowly backbencher, Bercow maxed out his expenses. He has done little to reform his ways as Speaker. A running total is over half a million in clothes and limos…

Bercow told the Commons last week that he was ‘not going anywhere’, but Guido intends to see him on the ground in Buckingham. The nomination papers are in, the deposit is paid. Bring it on, shorty…

The 33 Tories and LibDems That Beat the Government

33 government votes handed the day to Labour. 23 Tories:

David Amess
Bob Blackman
Peter Bone
Graham Brady
Conor Burns
Christopher Chope
Tracey Crouch
Philip Davies
David Davis
Cheryl Gillan
Zac Goldsmith
James Gray
Adam Holloway
Bernard Jenkin
Jeremy Lefroy
Edward Leigh
Julian Lewis
Jack Lopresti
David Nuttall
Jacob Rees-Mogg
Sir Richard Shepherd
Martin Vickers
Charles Walker

And 10 Liberals:

Malcolm Bruce
Lorely Burt
Duncan Hames
David Heath
Martin Horwood
Dan Rogerson
Bob Russell
Jo Swinson
Stephen Williams
Simon Wright

Enough to vote down Coalition II…

EXCLUSIVE: Bercow Called for Secret Speaker Ballot in 2000

In October 2000 there was a row about the how the Speaker of the House of Commons was elected, with Tony Benn demanding a ballot for the role. A plucky backbencher weighed in, telling the BBC, that he believed this ballot should be conducted in secret:

“In view of growing concern that the government whips will seek to browbeat people into voting for a preferred candidate, can we have guidance on the possibility of ensuring that the election will be conducted by secret ballot?”

His name? John Bercow…

Bye Bye Bercow

Look who just turned up to the Speaker’s House:

Someone doesn’t appear to be optimistic about the way things are going…

Via Josh Crossley

Speaker Watch: Bad Bercow’s Jesse Norman Low Blow

The Speaker has been behaving with almost perfect professionalism all this year. He knows his moment of mortal danger is approaching and is palliating his enemies in the House. But Bad Bercow can’t be kept down. He looked around the […]

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Bercow Apologises to Esther McVey

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After a point of order from Tory MP Heather Wheeler, Bercow has apologised for his sexist “washing machine” jibe yesterday about Esther McVey:

“If I caused offence by what I said, I very happy apologise to that Member… It was

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Speaker Sexism Row: Bercow’s “Washing Machine” Jibe

 

John Bercow is facing accusations of sexism after comparing Esther McVey to a domestic appliance. The Standard reports:

He intervened when the former GMTV presenter and Wirral West MP was giving her 14th response during a work and

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SPEAKER WATCH: What’s Going On? I’m Going On!

Warning bells would have gone off early in the Speaker’s head when he heard Michael Fabricant use the date of his accession to his Speaker’s throne. The bells would have become clamorous at the first “but”, and turned into […]

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