‘No confidence’ motion over John Bercow’s comments on Donald Trump falls flat

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

I thought James Duddridge said he had cross-party support for his motion of ‘no confidence’ in John Bercow?

The five who have signed are all Tories.

The Telegraph story also tries to suggest that MPs are out-of-step with the public because an ICM poll showed 32 per cent of people wanted the Speaker removed.

But the poll showed 30 per cent wanted him to stay in place, while 38 per cent didn’t know (or didn’t care).

What’s the margin for error on public opinion polls? Plus or minus three per cent?

So the poll doesn’t actually reveal anything at all – does it?

The bid to oust John Bercow as Commons Speaker last night appeared to be faltering after MPs failed to challenge him publicly about when he plans to quit.

Just five MPs had backed a motion of no confidence in Mr Bercow by last night, an increase on the single MP 10 days ago but nowhere near enough to force out the Speaker.

At the end of the House of Commons’ first day of business since the motion was tabled, just five Tory MPs – Mr Duddridge, Daniel Kawczynski, Alec Shelbrooke, Karl McCartney and Andrew Bridgen – had put their name to the motion, which had been expected to be backed by more than 100 MPs.

Source: Bid to oust John Bercow falters as just five MPs sign motion of no confidence in Commons speaker

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8 thoughts on “‘No confidence’ motion over John Bercow’s comments on Donald Trump falls flat

  1. wiseandnobleone

    Magin-for-error: the standard 3%! Except for a major Constitutional Change like Brexit (where Votes are BOUGHT by BRIBES of £350m /week into the NHS, but promptly swept under the table AFTER the result) where 1.8% is considered a LANDSLIDE! And despite more electoral irregularities, some deliberate perhaps, that `fudge-up’ at best, is NOW said to be “the inviolabe will of the people”! Will my arse!

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      I wouldn’t say anyone thought it was a landslide, but there was no margin for error in the referendum result; it was what it was.

  2. Zippi

    50% plus one vote was my understanding of all the it took, one way, or the other. Why are people still talking like “Brexit” is the worst thing to happen since… ever? Nobody knows what the future holds. Surely, the task, now, is to ensure that it is a success. People keep saying that those who voted in opposition to the E.U. were lied to, didn’t know what they were voting for etc. How many of those who voted in favour can say any different? Unless people did extensive research, nobody, on EITHER side of the debate, can really say that they knew and the future, nobody can tell you. As far as the £350m for the N.H.S. that everybody keeps going on about, only the government can decide what would happen to that money. It was explained that £350 went to the E.U., some came back and what was left could be spent on the N.H.S. It was a referendum campaign, not an election pledge, or manifesto, nor a promise, because the people who said it were in no position to make such a promise; it was a “this could happen.” The referendum was much bigger than any single issue and we were told that the outcome of the collective decision would be permanent; as I said, you can’t jump back into the plane. With this in mind, we must accept that the contract is to be terminated. What we must do is badger our M.P.s to tell them how we think it best to conduct this. All that Theresa May has is a wish list, for everything is up for grabs, in the negotiation and given the the future is unwritten, nobody knows what the outcome of those negotiations will be.
    As for the Speaker, I may have an opinion but that’s all that it will be. I have no power to remove him and I am no expert on Parliamentary affairs so, I’m not sure that my opinion worth anything. Polls? We all know how accurate they are and of those who were polled, how many of them has a clue about Parliamentary protocols, what the Speakers position is and whether, or not he was in breach of him position? As for whether, or not he should be removed, does it matter what we want? He’s not our Speaker, he’s the Speaker of the House ad we’re not in the House.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      I did research, and voted Remain.
      The “£350 million for the NHS” was written on the side of that Brexit bus, in case you’ve forgotten:
      Brexit bus NHS lie
      There’s nothing on that bus to say any money came back to the UK; nothing to say that the government would decide whether to give all that money to the NHS. That bus is what people saw, and it was peddling a lie.
      You’re right that the people behind the Brexit bus weren’t in any position to make extravagant promises like that – but that didn’t matter to Joe and Jane Public. All they saw was the promise on the side of the bus.

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