John Bercow. Effort to remove him was sparked by his opposition to letting Donald Trump address parliament [Image: Rick Findler/PA].

Apparently the latest twist in the campaign to have John Bercow removed from his role as Speaker of the House of Commons is his admission that he voted ‘Remain’, to students at Reading University.

But he went on to say that “untruths” spoken during the referendum and any “racist sentiment” whipped up by some parts of the Brexit campaign did not invalidate the result.

So how can this possibly be used to justify claims that he isn’t impartial? Clearly, it shows the exact opposite – he is, because even though he voted one way, he is upholding a different result.

As to Mr Duddridge’s claim that he has cross-party support for his motion of “no confidence” against Mr Bercow – this can be achieved with only one supporter out of more than 300 Opposition MPs.

Mr Bercow really should have no reason to worry.

The Tory MP trying to oust John Bercow as the Speaker has claimed colleagues from all parties, including ministers, support his efforts to remove him and that a vote will be held on his future.

James Duddridge, the MP for Southend and Rochford, said he has been advised parliament will provide time for a motion of no confidence to be debated and the government has assured him there will be a free vote.

“Ministers have been on the phone to me over the weekend, as well as backbenchers and people of all political parties, saying they will vote with me in the lobbies against Speaker Bercow. Enough is enough, we need a new impartial Speaker,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Monday.

The campaign against Bercow began after he told the Commons he would oppose any attempt to let Donald Trump address both Houses of Parliament during his UK state visit.

Source: Tory MP trying to oust John Bercow says he has cross-party support | Politics | The Guardian

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