Speaker’s tetchy last day in chair

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY DANIEL O’DONOGHUE

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.”

John Ber­cow

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