The biographer of John Bercow has said the MPs demanding a vote of no-confidence in him will be punished for doing so.
Bobby Friedman also told Julia Hartley-Brewer that, while the move to oust Bercow as Speaker of the House of Commons will probably fail, this is a chance for Tory MPs to settle some old scores.
A motion is now being tabled in the House of Commons by Tory MP James Duddridge to oust Bercow following his comments about Donald Trump. Up to 150 MPs are expected to back the vote.
Friedman said: “I think James Duddridge and other MPs [who support the motion], they might not be called [to speak] in Parliament as much as they’re used to. Bercow has a lot of power.
"It probably won’t work, but they’ll have a go at it. When people get the chance, they’ll try to stick the knife in him.
“The reason he was voted in [as Speaker] was a way of Labour MPs really sticking it to David Cameron. They knew he was the one person the former PM didn’t want to become speaker. Labour had to vote for a Tory, and they went for the one he didn’t want. From the beginning, there’s always been a divide.
A lot of Conservatives have wanted to unseat him since 2009, and this presents an opportunity."