Speaker’s tetchy last day in chair
John Bercow clashed with a Tory MP over his handling of complaints on his final day as Commons Speaker.
Mr Bercow was accused of “defending the indefensible” to the “fag end” of his career by long-term nemesis Andrew Bridgen yesterday.
Mr Bridgen complained that the Speaker did not act early enough over allegations about disgraced Labour MP Keith Vaz, who was suspended from the Commons for six months this week after he was found to have “expressed willingness” to purchase cocaine for male prostitutes.
Mr Bercow said: “He can try to smear me. He will get the square root of nowhere.”
Donald Trump said he wishes Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage would team up to form an “unstoppable force”.
The US president called for the prime minister and the leader of the Brexit Party to “get together” in the general election.
Describing them as “two brilliant people”, Mr Trump appeared to call for them to form a pact.
In an interview with Mr Farage on LBC, Mr Trump said: “I would like to see you and Boris get together because you would really have some numbers, because you did fantastically in the election, the last election.
“I just wish you two guys could get together –
I think it would be a great thing.”
Meanwhile, Mr Trump has taken aim at the UK, saying it “isn’t fair” the government doesn’t take back British terrorists captured by the US.
Mr Trump said the US had captured terrorists belonging to the so-called Islamic State group from the UK and offered to give them back so they could face justice in their home country.
“We offered to give the ones from UK back to UK and they don’t want them,” Mr Trump said.
“So, as usual the United States gets stuck with it and we’re handling it a certain way, so we’re watching it very carefully.”