BITTER Labour MPs tried to pin Speaker John Bercow to his chair during pathetic scuffles against the Parliament shut down.
Chaos broke out in the Commons as doorkeepers were forced to stop back-bencher Lloyd Russell-Moyle from holding down Mr Bercow when he tried to leave the chamber.
CHAOS IN THE CHAMBER
Labour MPs also screamed “shame on you” at the Tories and held homemade placards with “silenced” on them.
One of the “silenced” signs was left in Mr Bercow’s chair after he had departed.
The Conservatives were similarly unimpressed with the scenes – in particular the behaviour of the Speaker towards the Labour protesters.
Mr Bercow said of the demonstration: “I recognise that our presence is desired by our Majesty the Queen’s Commissioners. They are doing what they believe to be right and I recognise my role in this matter.”
I don’t care if you don’t like it. I require no response from you young man. I require no response from you. Get out man, you will not be missed.
Mr Bercow added: “I’m perfectly happy to play my part, but I do want to make the point that this is not a standard or normal prorogation.”
The Speaker continued: “It’s one of the longest for decades and it represents an act of executive fiat.”
Tory MP Andrew Stephenson shouted at the Speaker and left the chamber.
In response, the Speaker said: “I don’t care if you don’t like it. I require no response from you young man. I require no response from you. Get out man, you will not be missed.”
One of the “silenced” signs was left in Mr Bercow’s chair after he had departed.
The bizarre scenes in the chamber kicked off at 1.30am following a long day in the Commons.
BAD NIGHT FOR BORIS
They came after Boris Johnson slammed Jeremy Corbyn as a ‘yellow belly’ and a ‘preposterous coward’ after Labour abstainers blocked his bid to hold a general election for a second time.
The PM wanted the Commons to back a national poll on October 15 but he was defeated after Labour abstained for a second time, leaving him short of the two-thirds majority needed.
It would have taken a Parliamentary miracle for Mr Johnson to win the vote with neither Mr Corbyn or Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson willing to back an election until a three-month Brexit delay has been secured.
Mr Johnson won 293 votes – 141 MPs short of the 434 he needed to call an election.
He has now lost six out of six votes, an all-time record for a Prime Minister.
During a dramatic day in Westminster angry Tory Brexiteers slammed ‘biased’ Mr Bercow as “nauseating” after the Speaker broke down in tears as he announced he was quitting.
BYE BYE BERCOW
Remainer Bercow – known for his eccentric outbursts in the Commons – choked up when he told the chamber he will resign as a Tory MP if Boris Johnson gets a national poll.
But while Bercow was treated to a long drawn out goodbye today – with MPs falling over themselves to pay tribute – there were few tears shed at No10.
Boris and his team have become infuriated by what they see as the Speaker’s constant efforts to block Brexit and had planned to oust him.
And he is set to become the first speaker in 230 years not to be offered a peerage when he stands down.
Bercow thinks he’ll walk away as a hero, when most people in the country don’t know who he is and those that do think he’s a nauseating w****r.
Senior Tory source
One Government source told Buzzfeed: “Bercow thinks he’ll walk away as a hero, when most people in the country don’t know who he is and those that do think he’s a nauseating w****r.
“The man has been central to stopping Brexit – the nation won’t thank him.”
If MPs do not back the vote tonight, Bercow said he will resign on October 31 – the Brexit deadline.
Crucially, this means the arch Remainer Speaker, who proudly showed off a ‘b******s to Brexit car-sticker, could still be in position for next month’s votes on leaving the EU.
Bercow’s resignation on Halloween allows him to be in the chair to help the rebel alliance with any attempt to stop No Deal or extend Article 50, until the very last moment.
An emotional Bercow was watched on by his wife Sally in the public gallery, during his final farewell to the Commons.
At the 2017 election I promised my wife and children that it would be my last
Speaker John Bercow
Bercow told MPs today: “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.”
But not all we be sad to see him go.
The controversial Speaker has enraged Tories and the PM was set 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.
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THE Remainer MPs’ stomach-churning love-in for their departing stooge Bercow was another insult to an enraged public.
Half the Commons stood to applaud him: The Remainer half. What more does anyone need to know?
Ordinary people, if they recall him at all, will remember only a preening egomaniac who twisted Parliamentary rules and trashed the historic reputation of his previously impartial office to help his pals override 17.4million votes.
The pompous windbag embodies an illegitimate, anti-democratic establishment long overdue its reckoning.
With last night’s election-blocking vote these cowards even postponed that, leaving the Government and Parliament crippled for nearly three months but the electorate disgracefully shut out.
Bercow isn’t quite finished. He will stick around till October 31 for one reason: To help hammer the final nails in the coffin of Brexit and our democracy.
Boris’s Government must stop him — as well as denying him the customary peerage he’ll assume is his.
But Bercow caused uproar with Conservative Brexiteers after he 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.
BERCOW LOVE IN
Jeremy Corbyn led the tributes as Labour MPs treated the Speaker to a standing ovation at the start of a long love-in.
The Islington North MP described Bercow as “superb” and said “democracy is stronger for your being the Speaker”.
But Tories were less generous and many of the party’s front-bench remained seated during the applause.
Michael Gove was one of the senior Tories to commend the Speaker – in the absence of Boris Johnson – aiming a dig at him for dragging his children into a Commons row last week.
However, he added: “Your love of democracy is transparent in everything you say and do”.
It also appears that Bercow has admirers in Brussels with EU chief Guy Verhofstadt even telling him to become and MEP.
Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s chief Brexit co-ordinator, tweeted: “John #Bercow is a driven speaker and gifted orator but above all the keeper of the great British parliamentary tradition.
“I would love if we could welcome him in the European Commission or European Parliament.”
While Bercow was celebrated in the Commons today – he could face a future probe into serious bullying allegations made against him by former staff.
The House of Commons backed a change of rules to allow historical claims of bullying and sexual harassment to be investigated.
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Former Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom said the move was vital to holding alleged bullies like Mr Bercow to account because current rules would allow the Speaker to get a plum seat in the House of Lords and “get away with it”.
Currently only allegations that took place since the 2017 General Election can be probed.
Until now Mr Bercow has avoided a probe over claims he physically intimidated two of his former staff members.
Mr Bercow denies claims he bullied staff.
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