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‘Stitch-up’ fears over failure to investigate John Bercow bullying claims

SENIOR figures who worked closely with outgoing speaker John Bercow and accused him of bullying say there has been an ‘establishment stitch-up’ in failing to investigate him.

Parliament’s former black rod David Leakey and ex-private secretary Angus Sinclair accused officials of dragging their heels over acting on complaints against Mr Bercow, The Sunday Telegraph reported.

Mr Sinclair, 60, accused the former Tory MP, who denies all the claims, of mimicking him and said he was prone to ‘over-the-top anger’. He said the inaction regarding the bullying allegations was proof that ‘as yet the House of Commons is not a safe place’.

Mr Leakey, 67, described an incident in 2018 where the ‘red mist descended’ on Mr Bercow, who he said ‘banged the table, yelled and was highly insulting to me personally’.

He said giving Mr Bercow the customary peerage would be the ‘icing on the cake of an establishment stitch-up in the public perception’.