John Bercow

Portrait of the week: The Speaker resigns, BA pilots strike and Mugabe dies

14 September 2019 9:00 am

Home A bill sponsored by Hilary Benn and supported by Alistair Burt and other dissident Tories was passed — becoming…

How John Bercow saved me from Short Man Syndrome

14 September 2019 9:00 am

I think my colleagues on the pro-Brexit side of the aisle have been a little unkind in their response to…

There’s nothing wrong with Jacob Rees-Mogg lying down in the Commons

7 September 2019 9:00 am

If you are a journalist covering politics this year, every moment is a bad moment to take a holiday. I…

Speaker-speak: the maddening rhetoric of John Bercow

23 March 2019 9:00 am

The linguistic antics of John Bercow

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Why New York loves John Bercow

2 February 2019 9:00 am

‘The British political class has offered to the world an astounding spectacle of mendacious, intellectually limited hustlers.’ This is a…

What lies behind John Bercow’s use of the word ‘colleagues’?

19 January 2019 9:00 am

The parliamentary press gallery has in the past given a pair of silver shoe buckles to the Speaker as a…

Portrait of the week: a government defeat, the harassment of Anna Soubry and Trump’s wall crisis

12 January 2019 9:00 am

Home The government drifted towards a vote by the Commons, which it had cancelled in December, on its withdrawal agreement…

Is ‘woman’ now an offensive word?

26 May 2018 9:00 am

I do not know whether the Speaker of the House of Commons called the present Leader of the House a…

The key to providing better aid for refugees

1 April 2017 9:00 am

No blanket solution Sir: Paul Collier is right to say that the refugee crisis will not be solved with tents…

The Tories could – and should – have got rid of John Bercow years ago

25 February 2017 9:00 am

Seeing off the Speaker Sir: If senior Tories in Buckingham had had their way, John Bercow’s career as Speaker could…

For the sake of Britain’s constitution, will everyone please shut up?

18 February 2017 9:00 am

One of the striking features of Britain’s unwritten constitution is how it relies on various people keeping their opinions to…

In (conditional) defence of John Bercow

18 February 2017 9:00 am

James Duddridge is not wrong. The Tory MP for Rochford and Southend East, who has put down a ‘no confidence’…

Commons Speaker John Bercow takes a bold stand against Donald Trump

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Home John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons, said he was ‘strongly opposed’ to an address being made…

Speaker Bercow has split the House and dishonoured his office

11 February 2017 9:00 am

As we have been reminded this week, the most famous words (apart from ‘Order, order’) ever uttered by a Speaker…

Banned from China, invited to Westminster: Canada’s crusading beauty queen

3 September 2016 9:00 am

Anastasia Lin, Miss World Canada 2015, is using her fame to highlight the troubling organ trade in China

What makes a cad (and why this was such a good year for them)

12 December 2015 9:00 am

From Lord Sewel to – let’s not be sexist – Sally Bercow, there’s life in the old rogue yet

It’s not just the Russians – there is no morality in top-level sport

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Why do transgendered people need separate toilets? I thought, according to the prevalent orthodoxy, that the new gender they had…

Portrait of the week

23 May 2015 9:00 am

Home The annual rate of inflation turned negative in April, for the first time since 1960, with deflation of 0.1…

Portrait of the week

30 August 2014 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Home Secretary, said that Britons who went to Syria or Iraq to fight could be stripped…

If John Bercow were two-and-a-half inches taller, he'd never have been such a big success

12 July 2014 9:00 am

Unlike 99 per cent of my colleagues, I was quite touched by John Bercow’s comment about how fed up he…

John Bercow must rein it in — Parliament can't afford to depose two Speakers in a row

16 November 2013 9:00 am

John Bercow could go down as a great reforming Speaker of the House of Commons. It’s thanks to him, in…

Slippery Jack

16 April 2011 12:00 am

A mad, muscular Sally Bercow cavorts on the Commons chair, diminutive husband on her knee, his features impish.