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Monday, 20 May 2024 – 23:47

PM urged to maintain convention and make Bercow a Lord

The new Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle has urged Boris Johnson to honour tradition and make his predecessor John Bercow a lord.

Sir Hoyle said Mr Johnson should maintain the more than 200-year-old convention which sees the Speaker of the House of Commons be given a peerage after they leave office.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5, Sir Lindsay said; 

“My view is every speaker has been offered a peerage, so custom and practice says that’s what’s always happened – I wouldn’t break that custom and practice” 

Leader of the Commons, Jacob Rees Mogg also suggested last month that Mr Bercow should be given a peerage. The awarding of such an honour would usually be the first act of any new Parliament and would be a bid led by Downing Street.

Mr Bercow served the House of Commons for ten years, however, in the last months of his role, he was on occasions perceived to have exerted a “bias” over Brexit, one that often was different to the view of the government.


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