THE Conservatives will field a candidate against John Bercow in the next general election, Andrea Leadsom has announced.
The business secretary revealed the move to take him on in his constituency of Buckingham — breaching a long-standing convention for the Commons speaker to run unopposed by major parties — as she accused Mr Bercow of breaking the rules of Parliament.
In The Mail On Sunday, Ms Leadsom said that he ‘failed us’ and permitted ‘flagrant abuse’ of parliamentary process, adding: ‘Give us back an impartial speaker.’
Her comments came days after MPs backed a motion to take control of the Commons timetable to pass legislation blocking a no-deal Brexit. Ms Leadsom said the speaker’s role was to be an ‘impartial, independent umpire’ — but by letting MPs use Standing Order Number 24, which is for triggering emergency debates, to take over Parliament’s agenda, Mr Bercow has not ‘just bent the rules, he has broken them’.
Ms Leadsom, who served as leader of the Commons for almost two years, has clashed with Mr Bercow in the past.
In May last year, he was alleged to have called her a ‘stupid woman’ and ‘f****** useless’. In March, he reprimanded her for using a phone during Commons business.
She in turn has accused him of not showing MPs ‘courtesy and respect’.