Will a pre-appointment hearing for Carol Mills examine the murky appointment process run by the Speaker?
Investigators will be interested how the Speaker got what he wanted in the appointment of his Chaplain in 2010.
An eye-witness to the events spoke to Guido today and disclosed the following.
A Speaker has no formal role in the selection of the Speaker’s Chaplain, it is a Church appointment with two roles – one in the Commons, the other across the road in the Abbey.
John Bercow insisted that half the short list of six be female. He pre-determined the winning candidate would be female. “A female is going to do that job. It has to be a female,” he is quoted as saying.
Although he had no right, he insisted on speaking to all the candidates himself.
He rang up the selection board and lobbied them.
He continued to operate in the general election period when he had no official standing as an MP.