JOHN Bercow has announced he will be stepping down as Speaker of the House – after the Tories launched a campaign to oust him.
Remainer Bercow – known for his eccentric outbursts in the Commons – had planned to resign at the next election.
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But instead the controversial Speaker made the announcement this afternoon.
He said: “At the 2017 election I promised my wife and children that it would be my last.
“This is a pledge I intend to keep if the house votes tonight for an early general election my tenure as Speaker and MP will end when this Parliament ends.
“If the house does not so vote I have concluded that the least disruptive and most democratic course of action would be for me to stand down at the close of business on Thursday October 31.”
Over the weekend it was announced Boris Johnson planned to field a candidate against him in his Buckingham seat in revenge for what he sees as anti-Government bias.
Traditionally, the main political parties do not stand against the Speaker whose office is meant to be impartial.
But the PM and colleagues were furious after Mr Bercow – who admits voting Remain – tore up the Commons rulebook last week to allow fellow Europhiles to seize control of the agenda and pass a law to delay Brexit.
In 2009, he said he would only serve nine years as Speaker but has recently refused to step down.
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A Commons source said Mr Bercow has privately told staff he is will step down as Speaker at the next election.
But some suspect he is planning to stand as a pro-Remain Independent MP if the PM refuses to give him a seat in the Lords.
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