'John Bercow will survive no-confidence vote - there's no smoking gun' says political editor

John Bercow: 'No smoking gun to get rid of him at the moment,' says political editor

Video footage leaked to the press over the weekend has increased the heat on John Bercow

Monday, February 13, 2017

A leading political editor has claimed that John Bercow will survive the motion of no-confidence against him because his opposition aren't organised and there's no "smoking gun" that would necessitate his removal.

The Speaker faces a battle to hold onto his position since he came out with remarks against US president Donald Trump last week, which resulted in Tory MP James Duddridge tabling a motion of no-confidence to oust him from his position.

Over the weekend, The Sunday Telegraph obtained footage of the MP for Buckingham speaking to students at Reading University, revealing he'd voted to remain in the European Union.

In the video, he commented on various factors of the Leave campaign - like the promises of £350 million to go to the NHS if the UK voted to leave - and said there were "untruths."

In an interview with Julia Hartley-Brewer, Adam Bienkov explained the reasoning for why he thinks Bercow will beat the vote.

He said: "I think he will survive because the forces on the Conservative benches against him don’t seem well-organised. 

"James Duddridge, who brought the motion, put it down in the final hours of the day before recess, and it's sitting on the parliamentary website with only one signature - his own - on it. 

“The list can’t be updated until MPs come back, but this isn’t the first time Tory MPs have tried to get rid of him.

"I’m not sure there is a smoking gun which could get rid of him at the moment."