Spotted: John Bercow back in the Royal Box at Wimbledon

Spotted: John Bercow back in the Royal Box at Wimbledon
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Wimbledon wouldn’t be Wimbledon without strawberries and cream, Pimms and…John Bercow in the Royal Box. The speaker of the House of Commons has been something of a permanent fixture over the last few years indulging his love of watching the tennis among the great and the good. Since 2015, he’s managed to get his mitts on £8,000 worth of free tickets to Wimbledon. Today, he’s back in his second favourite seat - watching Jo Konta crash out of the championships while deputy speaker Eleanor Laing filled in for him in the day job in Parliament.

Somewhat awkwardly for Bercow though, also in the Royal Box was his old adversary David Cameron. There is no love lost between the pair, with Cameron once retelling a joke to journalists about Bercow being a dwarf. Mr S. hears that even when the box had emptied out, Bercow and Cameron didn’t find time to make small talk. What a pity...

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