Published On: Mon, Apr 13th, 2020

John Bercow biography exposes behind-the-scenes clashes | Books | Entertainment

John Bercow had quite an eventful decade as Speaker of the House of Commons. A polarising figure, the anti-Brexit MP saw bullying allegations (which he denies) made against him. Bercow even named his accusers in former private secretaries Angus Sinclair and Kate Emms in his autobiography Unspeakable.

And now a new biography, John Bercow: Call To Order, exposes the behind-the-scenes rows and clashes he had as Speaker, according to sources and eyewitness.

Author Sebastian Whale spoke exclusively with and revealed the conclusions he made on the bullying allegations, based on accounts that came up in his research.

The biographer said: “Throughout the book, there’s coverage from his time as Speaker of some of the rows that went on behind-the-scenes; some of the clashes.

“Even some people who were favourable towards Bercow would admit that he had a very combative way of going about this.”

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Whale added: “But yeah he continues to deny it and, as I say, I think he is sincere in that.

“But from the hours I’ve spent talking to people, I do have my own views.”

Meanwhile, the biographer also admitted that Bercow could hypothetically get involved in extending the Brexit transition.

Asked if Bercow could become something of a reverse Nigel Farage outside the Commons, he said: “I don’t think there’s a resistance there to lead anymore.”

Whale continued: “I mean the election and everything we’re going through at the moment [with coronavirus] has just put that debate in perspective a little bit.”

However, he admitted: “The transition period may well be extended, but I don’t currently see an appetite for it.

“He might well try and get involved in that.

“But I don’t think there is an avenue to be the sort of Remainer Nigel Farage.”

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