ANDREW PIERCE: Bercow plots to stay on despite calls for him to quit as Speaker

Just about everyone at Westminster is assuming that the insufferably pompous John Bercow will finally quit next year after a decade as the Speaker.

He should have departed earlier this year, because he became Speaker in 2009 and promised to go after nine years — but needless to say he did not.

However, his many enemies in the House were given hope when, after the recent publication of the Cox report into bullying at Westminster, those close to Bercow suggested he would step down next summer.

'Just about everyone at Westminster is assuming that the insufferably pompous John Bercow will finally quit next year after a decade as the Speaker'

'Just about everyone at Westminster is assuming that the insufferably pompous John Bercow will finally quit next year after a decade as the Speaker'

‘Just about everyone at Westminster is assuming that the insufferably pompous John Bercow will finally quit next year after a decade as the Speaker’

Bercow himself has been accused of bullying, although not in the report and he has always denied the allegations. Yet hopes of him leaving are to be dashed, it appears. Several senior sources have told me that Bercow — who cannot conceal his disdain for the Tories or Brexit — is determined once more to cling on for as long as he can, encouraged by the parlous state of the Tory Party.

‘Only if Labour MPs tire of him will he be forced out,’ said one of them. But while he’s helping Labour so overtly in the Commons, they’re unlikely to do that anytime soon.

Bragg begs to differ 

IT’S not just Theresa May who has attacked Tony Blair’s call for a second referendum. The Blairite Labour peer Melvyn Bragg, under the heading ‘No more referendums’, writes in Prospect magazine: ‘Beware of holding another Brexit referendum. The first one damaged the country immensely, and a second could make matters even worse.’ 

It¿s not just Theresa May who has attacked Tony Blair¿s call for a second referendum. The Blairite Labour peer Melvyn Bragg, under the heading ¿No more referendums¿, writes in Prospect magazine: ¿Beware of holding another Brexit referendum. The first one damaged the country immensely, and a second could make matters even worse.¿

It¿s not just Theresa May who has attacked Tony Blair¿s call for a second referendum. The Blairite Labour peer Melvyn Bragg, under the heading ¿No more referendums¿, writes in Prospect magazine: ¿Beware of holding another Brexit referendum. The first one damaged the country immensely, and a second could make matters even worse.¿

It’s not just Theresa May who has attacked Tony Blair’s call for a second referendum. The Blairite Labour peer Melvyn Bragg, under the heading ‘No more referendums’, writes in Prospect magazine: ‘Beware of holding another Brexit referendum. The first one damaged the country immensely, and a second could make matters even worse.’

 Most people would assume the House of Commons always prioritises buying British food. Not a bit of it. Lib Dem MP Tom Brake, spokesman for the commission which runs Parliament, explains: ‘As specified in the European Parliament, we are subject to EU Public Sector Procurement directives. It is therefore impossible for us to demand that we wish to buy only British products.’ Another reason to leave.

Momentum founder Jon Lansman, whose 40,000 activists are plotting to oust Labour moderates to cement the position of Comrade Corbyn, reveals in the New Statesman that his father was a Tory councillor. ‘We used to have lots of arguments,’ says Lansman. Imagine the arguments they’d be having today . . . 

Labour MP Roger Godsiff has declared in the Register of Members’ Interests a trip he took to act as an observer for the presidential elections in the Maldives. Accompanied by his wife, the beano cost £8,275.66. Nice work if you can get it. 

 Archer’s heroine

Jeffrey Archer, the politician-turned-novelist, was asked by The Lady magazine about his wisest career move. For him, the answer was simple: ‘Marrying Mary (52 years ago).’ Before adding: ‘Not sure it was the best thing she ever did.’ 

 Soft or hard: how is your Brexit boiled?

 Brexit may be no laughing matter for Mrs May, but it could soon be a source of entertainment for some. Two new businesses have been registered at Companies House: Brexit The Opera Ltd and Brexit The Musical Ltd. Meanwhile, a Stoke pottery firm has brought out a pair of egg cups, one marked ‘Soft Brexit’, the other ‘Hard Brexit’.

Two new businesses have been registered at Companies House: Brexit The Opera Ltd and Brexit The Musical Ltd. Meanwhile, a Stoke pottery firm has brought out a pair of egg cups, one marked ¿Soft Brexit¿, the other ¿Hard Brexit¿

Two new businesses have been registered at Companies House: Brexit The Opera Ltd and Brexit The Musical Ltd. Meanwhile, a Stoke pottery firm has brought out a pair of egg cups, one marked ¿Soft Brexit¿, the other ¿Hard Brexit¿

Two new businesses have been registered at Companies House: Brexit The Opera Ltd and Brexit The Musical Ltd. Meanwhile, a Stoke pottery firm has brought out a pair of egg cups, one marked ‘Soft Brexit’, the other ‘Hard Brexit’

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