Capable of infuriating MPs, even in his referee role as Commons Speaker, Bercow is also seen by many as the backbenchers’ ally

For a man whose position is strictly non-partisan, the Commons Speaker, John Bercow, has provoked more fear, anger and adoration than any other in the role in recent history.

His critics, who suspect he is an opponent of Brexit, have tried many tactics to oust him from the Speaker’s chair. More seriously, he has been the subject of multiple allegations of bullying, which he denies. A report by Dame Laura Cox suggested he should quit over the culture of “deference and silence” concerning bullying in parliament whereby senior management “actively … cover up abusive conduct”.

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