John Bercow effigy to be burned at Kent bonfire event

The 11-metre effigy will be set alight on Saturday

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

A giant effigy of outgoing Commons Speaker John Bercow is to be set alight at a charity Bonfire Night event.

After burning likenesses of figures including Boris Johnson, Donald Trump and Harvey Weinstein in recent years, Edenbridge Bonfire Society in Kent has this year chosen the Buckingham MP due to his "controversial behaviour" over the past 12 months.

The 11-metre effigy of Mr Bercow - holding the heads of Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn - was unveiled this morning and will go up in flames at a bonfire celebration in Edenbridge on Saturday.

Bonfire society chairman, Bill Cummings, said he hoped the Speaker would "appreciate the humour", and "take it in the good spirit with which it is intended".

The Speaker was chosen as an effigy for his "controversial" behaviour, organisers say

He added: "Our message to Mr Bercow is that you cannot keep disrupting Parliament and this is one situation you cannot argue yourself out of."

The annual bonfire event has been running for 90 years, and raises money for local charities.

Past targets for the society's celebrity effigy have included Katie Hopkins, Jonathan Ross, Katie Price, Wayne Rooney, Lance Armstrong, Gordon Brown, John Prescott, Anne Robinson and Saddam Hussein.

This year, more than 750 people are expected to join a torchlit parade through Edenbridge High Street as part of the celebrations.

Andrea Deans, who created the Bercow figure, said: "We received many suggestions for who the public would like to see at our event and this year it was a close vote between John Bercow and Piers Morgan."

An effigy of Guy Fawkes will also be burned at the event.

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