John Bercow would throw out any MP who behaved like him, says no-confidence lawmaker

John Bercow: 'The job description is very clear – the Speaker cannot speak on policy issues,' says James Duddridge MP

John Bercow has faced fresh calls to resign after a video emerged of him telling students how he voted in the EU referendum

Monday, February 13, 2017

John Bercow would expel any MP who behaved the way he has behaved over the past week, according to the lawmaker who has put forward a no-confidence motion against him.

James Duddridge, the Conservative MP for Rochford and Southend East, tabled the motion of no-confidence in the Speaker of the House of Commons last week, after he banned US president Donald Trump from addressing MPs on his state visit.

Then on Sunday video footage emerged of the MP for Buckingham speaking at Reading University, revealing that he'd voted to remain in the European Union and also blasting the statistics put out by the Leave campaign, like the claim that the NHS would receive £350 million a week if the UK left the EU. 

Speaking to talkRADIO, Duddridge told Paul Ross: "The issue isn’t what his views are, it’s whether he should be expressing them or not. The job description is very clear – the Speaker cannot speak on policy issues. 

“Can you imagine a more important policy than the great repeal bill? It’ll fundamentally change every policy as it related from the European Union to the UK.

"And then he goes and says he’s not in favour of doing this, in favour of EU migration, and that during the campaign untruths were told.

"If I said that in the House, quite rightly he’d ask me to apologise, and if I didn’t, I’d be thrown out."

However, Peter Dowd, Labour MP for Bootle and shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, took the opposing view in the same interview. 

He said: "It’s hardly a constitutional issue to tell someone they voted a particular way.

"As far as I’m concerned, anyone who wants to speak in the House more or less can speak in any debate.

"I don’t accept the view of holding him back because he has a different viewpoint."

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