John Bercow dismisses allegations of bias

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Commons Speaker John Bercow has addressed allegations that he is biased, claiming it is important "to give a voice to minorities".

In an interview with Italian newspaper La Repubblica, he insisted he was "fair" and had "consistently" shown his desire to hear views from all sides during the Brexit process.

"There was a time when Europhiles, pro-Europeans, used to criticise me years ago for selecting urgent questions from Brexit supporters when they were in a minority," he said.

"And now the Brexit supporters criticise me for choosing questions or amendments from remainers. So, in other words, at different times, I've upset both sides."

Bercow was accused of "making it up as he goes along" by a government source last night, after issuing fresh warnings that Theresa May must secure substantial changes to her deal before bringing it back to the Commons for a third time.

Despite his divisive nature, he revealed he preferred to take a humourous approach "if possible".

"What you see is what you get," he said.

"I think that it is better to try to handle things with a degree of humour, if possible, rather than everything being deadly serious."

 

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