Thursday, 3 May 2018

Commons Speaker John Bercow's behaviour is "unworthy of someone in such public office", says ex-senior Parliament official



Commons Speaker John Bercow's behaviour is "unworthy of someone in such public office", an ex-senior Parliament official has said.

 
David Leakey, who was responsible for keeping order in the House of Lords, told PoliticsHome he had seen "explosive and intemperate behaviour".


The Speaker rejects all the claims levelled by Mr Leakey, a spokesman for Mr Bercow's office said.


It comes as Mr Bercow faces allegations of bullying, which he denies.


Mr Leakey, who served as Black Rod until 2017, told the PoliticsHome website: "His (Mr Bercow's) explosive and intemperate behaviour is legendary, objectionable and unworthy of someone in such public office - conduct which may not stand up to the standards expected in public life.
"There were lots of people who were, frankly, terrified of the Speaker."


He said that there was one occasion when "the red mist suddenly descended" and Mr Bercow erupted into a rage, banging the table and making rude comments.


"It was quite disproportionate and unreasonable by any standards," he said.


A spokesman for Mr Bercow's office said: "John Bercow and David Leakey are two very different people with very different backgrounds, perspectives and ideas.


"They had fundamental disagreements in 2011 and 2012, but interacted adequately after that."




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