Tearful John Bercow reveals he will step down as Speaker by 31 October
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Tearful John Bercow reveals he will step down as Speaker by 31 October

October 8, 2019


I would like to make a personal
statement to the House. At the 2017 election, I promised
my wife and children that it would be my last.
This is a pledge that 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 31 October. [Applause] The least disruptive, because
that date will fall shortly after the votes on the Queen’s Speech,
expected on 21 and 22 October. The week or so after that may
be quite lively, and it would be best to have an experienced figure
in the chair for that short period. The most democratic, because
it will mean that a ballot is held when all members have some
knowledge of the candidates. This is far preferable to a contest
at the beginning of a parliament, when new MPs will not be similarly
informed and may find themselves vulnerable to undue institutional influence. [cheering] We would not want anyone to be
whipped senseless, would we? – No. Throughout my time as Speaker
I have sought to increase the relative authority of this legislature,
– Hear, hear. for which I will make absolutely
no apology to anyone, anywhere, at any time. To deploy a perhaps dangerous phrase,
I have also sought to be the back benchers’ backstop.
[laughter] I could not do so without the
support of a small but superb team in Speaker’s House;
– Hear, hear. the wider House staff;
– Hear, hear. my Buckingham constituents;
– Hear, hear. and, above all, my wife Sally and our three children, Oliver,
Freddie and Jemima. – Hear, hear.
[Applause] From the bottom of my heart,
I thank them all profusely. I could also not have served
without the repeated support of this House and its members,
past and present. This is a wonderful place,
filled overwhelmingly by people who are motivated by their notion
of the national interest, by their perception of the public
good and by their duty— not as delegates,
– Hear, hear. but as representatives—
– Hear, hear. to do what they believe is
right for our country. We degrade this Parliament at our peril.
– Hear, hear. I have served as a member of
parliament for 22 years, and for the last 10 as Speaker. This has been—let me put it explicitly–
the greatest privilege and honour of my professional life,
for which I will be eternally grateful. I wish my successor in the chair
the very best fortune in standing up for the rights
of honourable and right honourable members individually, and for
parliament institutionally, as the Speaker of the House of Commons.
Thank you. [Applause]

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  1. 'Order!' Why Europeans are turning to John Bercow for light relief in Brexit chaos
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/video/2019/jan/17/order-why-europeans-are-turning-to-john-bercow-for-light-relief-in-brexit-chaos-video

  2. So there will be no β€˜ordeeeer’ in the House, nor any order in the UK political environment post 31 October. A double whammy.

    We must clearly persevere and try to find a way that works for as many as possible. In the meantime, the House has lost another great asset, of a dwindling number of effective, erudite and sincere MPs.

  3. It's funny people calling this "Brexit Season 3" and so forth, as if it's just a scripted TV show. But this is real, people. You're about to be living it. Get the jokes in now, while you can.

  4. Brexit Season 4: Bercow Boogaloo. He's said he'll quit before, but he came back!

    How can he not be there to keep our Yobs of Parliament in line!? Big shoes to fill.

  5. What a clown show. Didn't his wife cheat on him with his cousin? Guess the thanks were for not cheating with the postman and the milkman πŸ˜†

  6. To not stand is one thing, to not even acknowledge his service and to slouch disdainfully in your seats is another. The Tories have no class anymore.

  7. I know you're going to quit your job, but we're going to miss you why you always said (Order) we wish you luck … greetings from Mexico!

  8. Oh Bercow you are so important, so wonderful. Well at least that's what you think of yourself.
    Most people are utterly sick and tired of your grandstanding antics .

  9. A bright and principled man. The contrast between him and you know who is stark. What is wrong with modern politics, what happened measure and integrity???

  10. This is a man who spent Β£37,000 of tax payers money on a self portrait, Self centered ego manic. That`s more than most of us earn in a year !

  11. BERCOW BYE BYE AND TAKE THE NANNY GOAT 🐐CORBYN WITH YOU πŸ‘β˜Ί YOU TWO CAN JOIN THE DOLE QUEUE 🀣😁🀣😁🀣
    KEEP PARLIAMENT CLOSED INDEFINITE AND SACK EVERYONE IN PARLIAMENT HAVE A FRESH START BORIS πŸ‘β˜Ί
    NO DEAL!!! GET OUT OF THE EU AND STAY OUT TAKE BACK CONTROL OF OUR COUNTRY AGAIN πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‘β˜Ί
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  12. The most articulate speaker ever to grace Parliament . I like him and it's a pity he has decided to pack it in . He will be a tough act to follow .

  13. As a non conservative voter i have to say… What a brilliant job you have done too Sir so fairly balanced!!! You will be missed by many!!! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  14. This is the man who has overseen the biggest and most obvious flouting of democracy and treasonous behaviour in our history. The fawning comments below seem to be from the naivest of people who have no idea of the extent of his shameful treachery and the harm it could have caused(if the rest of us weren't determined to defend our basic right to a voice in how our lives are run).

  15. Had some respect for the guy until he got the well timed tears in his eyes and whimpered over his kids….one called Jemima? Oh, just feck of Bercow.

  16. Mr Bercow…how are we going to watch the drama without you there? I for one, as an ordinary member of the public, am going to really miss your humour and sarcastic remarks. Thank you so much for all the years you served as Speaker of the House. I wish you a peaceful life wherever you go next. Thank you for whipping the Conservative oafs senselessly…they deserve it after whipping the 21.

  17. The most one-sided un-democratic speaker ever, and this present Parliament is disgraceful and makes this country a laughing stock around the world.

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  19. The UK got pregnant by unknown person. The UK should decide whether to KEEP the pregnancy or NOT. Professional doctors advice to keep the pregnancy for safety reasons. In real life if you don't want to get pregnant.dont have sex. Do not vote. Time is ticking The UK is still thinking about a decision. looking for abortion options. No need to be scared the UK should re_ vote again this time whosoever have it. have it. The eyes have it or the nose have it.

  20. No supprise he hangs on taking our tax to pay his holiday wages. Taking our tax which could help hospitals do there important work. Like the other remoaner MPs who refuse to face the peoples of the UK in a general election. Brexit must win it is Westminster against the people of the UK.

  21. I shall miss Mr Bercow, a fine man, and the best speaker the House has been graced with. I wish him and his family a wonderful future, your a legend John! πŸ’–πŸ‘πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

  22. From Australia– John Bercow has been an inspiration of defending Parliament from the wiles of the Executive. Wbilst our own Speaker has been a vast improvement on his immediate highly partisan predeccesors, Bercow is the model we are yet to experience here. Vale, Mr Speaker, and thanks for the humour and theatrics too!

  23. He should be gone now.May and he should leave on Parliaments term not theirs. If they wish to walk away they should forge all financial benefits. These people lack commitment.

  24. John will now retire at his home, pick up his antique telephone set, dial Domino's Pizza and ask to place an ORDEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

  25. John Bercow is an awesome Speaker of the House of Commons. I hope he will be given a Life Peerage be Her Majesty The Queen.

  26. Seems like Bercow just taught Johnson a lesson – in organising suspensions…and phrases…poor old Johnson…

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