Watch: Former Bercow staffer - ‘There was bullying’

Watch: Former Bercow staffer - 'There was bullying'
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Although John Bercow once said he would only serve as Commons Speaker for only nine years, the Conservative MP has since suggested that he plans to stay on longer. But will he get a say in the matter?

Mr S only asks as Bercow is in the line of fire after an explosive Newsnight package on more bullying allegations against the Speaker. Bercow's former private secretary Angus Sinclair has told the current affairs show that he was subject to angry outbursts and obscene language when he worked for Bercow. As for the reason Sinclair is going public now, he says he was paid £86,250 in 2010 as part of a departure deal that included having to sign a  non-disclosure agreement about the alleged behaviour:

Bercow denies the claim, with a spokesman alleging there is no substance to the allegations.

With the Tories gunning for Bercow to go, how long will Labour prop the Speaker up for?

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