Watch: John Bercow’s ‘insurgent of the year’ acceptance speech

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Love him or hate him, you can't deny that John Bercow had an outsized political impact in 2019. The former Speaker was instrumental in the battles to block Brexit through legislation and parliamentary procedure, and his decision to delay his departure probably changed the course of British history.

So it was perhaps unsurprising that Bercow was The Spectator's insurgent of the year at last night's parliamentarian awards. Unfortunately, he was not able to attend the event in person, but did provide this video message, which put to bed the rumours once and for all, that he was a Speaker who was obsessed with self-promotion and only concerned about flogging his own memoirs.

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