John Bercow has admitted he bears ‘some responsibility’ for driving his wife into the arms of his cousin – saying he had not been a good husband.
Plugging his memoirs, the former Commons Speaker opened up about his wife Sally’s affair with Alan Bercow in 2015 as he revealed he had been ‘inconsiderate’ and had not ‘found enough time for her’.
And he said his wife had made a mistake by posing for a magazine photograph wrapped in a sheet while overlooking the Houses of Parliament.
John Bercow has admitted he bears ‘some responsibility’ for driving his wife Sally (left) into the arms of his cousin – saying he had not been a good husband
Mr Bercow uses his memoirs to launch a tirade against Tory ministers – accusing Andrea Leadsom of ‘weaponising’ the issue of bullying to damage him.
He described Mrs Leadsom, the former Leader of the House who tackled bullying and intimidation in Parliament, as ‘nasty’ and ‘bigoted’.
He hit out at David Cameron as a ‘24-carat snob’, claimed Michael Gove was ‘oleaginous’ and described William Hague as a ‘weirdo’.
Mr Bercow also accused Boris Johnson of cheating at tennis against him. He said: ‘He didn’t cheat by trying to fiddle the score, but he wasn’t using what I would call a legitimate ball. What he did was pick balls from where there was a lot of grass. They obviously hadn’t been used for years... (but) he took his 6-0 6-0 6-0 defeat with very good grace.’
Mr Bercow uses his memoirs to launch a tirade against Tory ministers – accusing Andrea Leadsom of ‘weaponising’ the issue of bullying to damage him
Speaking to the Sunday Times, Mr Bercow was asked about his wife Sally, who posed for the bedsheets picture before her relationship with his cousin.
Mrs Bercow started an affair with Alan Bercow, a lawyer, during the 2015 election campaign. They briefly moved in together, but he later went back to his wife Erica.
The ex-Speaker said: ‘The case of the so-called bedsheet she was lured into... She admits that she made a mistake. Whereas obviously there has to be a reason why somebody has an affair. At the time she was feeling down, miserable, rather neglected.sonos