John Bercow may be victim of bullying after Tories refuse him a peerage, shadow minister says

Lords snub was 'to do with Brexit', says Dawn Butler

Sophie Morris
Sunday 09 February 2020 15:10
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Bercow has himself been accused of bullying on three occasions
Bercow has himself been accused of bullying on three occasions

Former Commons speaker John Bercow may himself be a victim of bullying following the Tories’ decision to refuse to award him a peerage, a shadow minister has said.

Labour deputy leadership candidate Dawn Butler said the Conservatives’ decision to depart with tradition and not give Mr Bercow a peerage after his decade in the chair could be “a form of bullying too”.

The shadow women and equalities minister added that the focus should be on why the Tories did not nominate the former speaker in the first place, suggesting it was “to do with Brexit”.

Ms Butler’s comments came after it was confirmed that a third complaint has been submitted about Mr Bercow’s behaviour.

Mr Bercow has denied all allegations of bullying made against him.

Speaking on Sky’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday programme, Ms Butler said: “It is the norm that the speaker of the House is always given a peerage so I think the first question for me is why hasn’t he been given a peerage from the Conservatives?”

She added: “I would like to know the reason why he wasn’t given a peerage. I suspect it’s actually do to with Brexit rather than anything else.

“The other thing is due process has to happen so if you accuse somebody of bullying there has to be due process.”

Ms Butler said: ”If John Bercow’s been accused of bullying then there needs to be due process and has he been found guilty or is it just an accusation? And I think those are the things that we have to go through.

“We really do need to ask the Conservatives why is it that you haven’t like everybody else ensured that the speaker of the house is given a peerage? Otherwise I think that is a form of bullying too.”

Retiring speakers are traditionally nominated for a peerage by the prime minister.

But Boris Johnson refused to nominate Mr Bercow, so Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn did so instead.

Former clerk of the house Lord Lisvane and David Leakey, a former Black Rod, have filed complaints against Mr Bercow.

Lieutenant General Leakey has said Mr Bercow’s nomination for a peerage is inappropriate because of his behaviour.

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