Ex-Speaker revelations

Bercow defects to Labour with savage attack on PM

John Bercow

John Bercow: prefers Labour’s values

Former Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow has announced has defected to the Labour party and became the latest Westminster source to launch a scathing attack on Boris Johnson.

Mr Bercow, an ex-Tory MP, said he had joined Labour a few weeks ago because he is motivated by the party’s values.

In a no-holds-barred interview in the Observer newspaper he accuses the Conservative party of being reactionary, populist, nationalistic and sometimes even xenophobic”.

He also accused the PM of having no interest in anybody but himself, despite his so-called “levelling-up” agenda.

“He is a successful campaigner but a lousy governor,” he told the paper. “I don’t think he has any vision of a more equitable society, any thirst for social mobility or any passion to better the lot of people less fortunate than he is.”

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