Surreal moment in the Commons as Vaz congratulates Bercow on his and Sally’s anniversary, before asking if had a “party” last night. Remember, the Speaker and Vaz are close…
Not the first time Skinner has used that particular phrase to describe the PM. This time he was named by the Speaker for refusing to withdraw…
He knew the camera was on him, too. Shameless.
The Speaker’s bad temper continued at PMQs, where he bizarrely banned Tory MP Chris Philp from asking, entirely reasonably, if green taxes have contributed to the steel industry crisis. Curiously, Bercow ruled this had “nothing to do with government policy” and prevented the PM from answering:
Except, it demonstrably does. The Telegraph, Mail and even the Wall Street Journal have all run articles this week about how green taxes have impacted on the steel industry. The PM was unimpressed. That’s two weeks in a row that Cameron been prevented from landing a blow by the Speaker…
You might have thought the Business Secretary’s statement on steel job losses is an appropriate use of Commons time. Not so, according to John Bercow, who says Sajid Javid went on for too long. Here is the extraordinary dressing down:
Earlier Bercow swiped at the Chinese by noting “the Indian PM is representative of a great democracy”. What’s bitten him today?
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…
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…
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”.
33 government votes handed the day to Labour. 23 Tories:
Sir Richard Shepherd
And 10 Liberals:
Enough to vote down Coalition II…[…] Read the rest
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?[…] Read the rest
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 chamber this afternoon and saw his old enemy Jesse Norman (No.[…] Read the rest
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 an off the cuff remark, and may well have been a foolish one, and I apologise for it.”
Video to follow…