John Bercow to become university Professor of Politics

The former Speaker has denied bullying

Friday, January 24, 2020

John Bercow has joined Royal Holloway University in London as a Professor of Politics, it has been confirmed to talkRADIO.

The former Speaker of the House of Commons will work with undergraduate and postgraduate students on a part time basis in the Department of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy.

The university told talkRADIO Mr Bercow will contribute to teaching “across the curriculum”.

“As he has gained extensive experience from working within the British Parliament and has direct knowledge of how British politics works, he will provide our students with unique insights into Parliament and British politics more generally,” a spokesperson said.

Mr Bercow, a former Conservative MP, stepped down as Speaker in October last year after 10 years in the role

WATCH: The PM pays tribute to Mr Bercow's '10 tumultuous years' as Speaker

Boris Johnson described him as a "great servant" of the Parliament and Commons as he led tributes during his final sitting in the chair last year.

However, Mr Bercow has often been deemed a controversial figure, facing allegations of bias and bullying.

This week he “categorically” denied that had ever bullied anyone after Lord Lisvane handed a dossier of allegations to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.

Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom said that if the complaint is upheld, it should have an “impact” on whether he is made a peer.

It is convention for departing Speaker’s to be elevated to the House of Lords, but the honour is yet to be bestowed upon Mr Bercow, who hinted the government “actively seeks to block” his nomination.

In a statement he said it was “increasingly obvious that the government has no intention of honouring the centuries-old convention”.

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