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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