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John Bercow backed for decision to remain in chair

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summer PICTURE: PA

JOHN BERCOW’S supporters yesterday welcomed his announcement that he will stay on as speaker of the House of Commons until Brexit is resolved.

Mr Bercow, who was expected to stand down this summer after ten years, said it was ‘not sensible to vacate the chair’ while there were ‘momentous events’ taking place and ‘great issues’ to be decided.

Labour MP Barry Sheerman said he was ‘delighted’ to learn Mr Bercow had decided to ‘do his duty’ and ‘see us through these troubled times’.

Shadow minister Steve Reed tweeted: ‘Speaker Bercow is quite right to stay on until the Brexit crisis is over, parliament and the country needs his experience.’

Mr Bercow has said MPs could block a no-deal Brexit and his decision to stay on has angered pro-Leave Tories.

MP Mark Francois said: ‘It is important that all the players on the pitch retain confidence in the referee until the end of the match.’