Ber­cow deputy bids to re­place him as Speaker

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News -

JOHN BER­COW faced a fresh row last night af­ter it emerged one of his deputies as Com­mons Speaker will bid to re­place him.

Friends of Tory MP Eleanor Laing con­firmed that she will stand for Mr Ber­cow’s job on a plat­form of restor­ing ‘im­par­tial­ity’ to the Speaker’s chair when the be­lea­guered Mr Ber­cow stands down.

Mr Ber­cow faces the threat of a no-con­fi­dence mo­tion af­ter be­ing ac­cused of ‘trash­ing’ the Speaker’s rep­u­ta­tion for po­lit­i­cal im­par­tial­ity by launch­ing an ex­tra­or­di­nary at­tack on US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

Tory crit­ics also say the Speaker will face a pub­lic pe­ti­tion con­demn­ing his de­ci­sion to say Trump should be banned from ad­dress­ing Par­lia­ment be­cause of his ‘sex­ism and racism’.

But sources say Mr Ber­cow has no in­ten­tion of re­sign­ing.

One Laing ally said: ‘Eleanor truly be­lieves in be­ing an im­par­tial Speaker and she has demon­strated that by the way she be­haves when she chairs Com­mons pro­ceed­ings.’

Oth­ers tipped to re­place Mr Ber­cow in­clude back­bench Tory MPs Ja­cob Rees-Mogg and Charles Walker and Labour’s Lind­say Hoyle.

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