John Bercow is at the centre of a fresh storm after ‘breaking’ a promise to defer his gold-plated Speaker’s pension until he is 65.
The Mail on Sunday can reveal that Mr Bercow, 58, has gone back on a pledge to save the taxpayer hundreds of thousands of pounds by not receiving the benefit until 2028.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
In fact, Mr Bercow took the final salary pension – worth over £35,000 a year – after he retired as Speaker aged 56 in November 2019.
John Bercow, pictured right, decided to accept his pension after stepping down as speaker after discussing the matter with his wife, Sally, left
The revelation comes just weeks after this newspaper forced Mr Bercow – accused of pro-Remain bias as Speaker – to confirm that he had now joined the Labour Party.
Last night, Mr Bercow, who has denied any bias, admitted the pension U-turn, saying he had made the original ‘commitment off my own bat’.
But he made clear his wife Sally had persuaded him to change his mind – partly because of Boris Johnson’s Government.
Mr Bercow said: ‘Shortly before I left office, Sally and I discussed the matter.
‘She emphasised that the pension had always been part of my employment package and I should therefore take it, especially as, in her words, the Johnson Government was ‘‘breaking conventions and promises left, right and centre”. I agreed with that sentiment and have been taking my Speaker pension, in line with my predecessors’ practice, since I retired.’
But Tory MPs branded him a disgrace and said the pension revelation was another reason why he