Commons Speaker John Bercow under pressure after Theresa May demands inquiry ...

Commons Speaker John Bercow (pictured) came under increasing pressure over bullying claims 

Commons Speaker John Bercow (pictured) came under increasing pressure over bullying claims 

John Bercow was under intense pressure last night after Theresa May demanded an investigation into claims he bullied an aide.

The Commons Speaker faced a call to quit after his former private secretary accused him of foul-mouthed tirades and attempts at physical intimidation.

Angus Sinclair said he was forced into early retirement with an £86,250 pay-off on condition he did not make any complaints. Mr Bercow has strenuously denied the claims.

But yesterday Downing Street said there should be a 'proper investigation' – and twisted the knife by outlining three ways in which this could be carried out.

Mrs May's official spokesman suggested an existing inquiry into Commons bullying should have its remit widened to allow it to look at individual cases such as allegations against the Speaker.

'The Prime Minister has been very clear from the start that there is no place for bullying or harassment of any kind in the workplace, including Parliament,' he said.

'It is a matter for Parliament to decide how to proceed, but the latest allegations are concerning and should be properly investigated.' 

Andrea Leadsom, the Leader of the House, also called for the inquiry's remit to be expanded, saying: 'We must call out unacceptable behaviour.'

Mr Bercow has faced previous bullying claims after Kate Emms, Mr Sinclair's successor as private secretary, was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after less than a year of working for him.

Senior aide Angus Sinclair (pictured) said he was forced into early retirement with an £86,250 pay-off on condition he did not make any complaints. Mr Bercow has strenuously denied the claims

Senior aide Angus Sinclair (pictured) said he was forced into early retirement with an £86,250 pay-off on condition he did not make any complaints. Mr Bercow has strenuously denied the claims

The latest claims come just weeks after it emerged that the judge-led inquiry into alleged bullying and harassment of Commons staff would not investigate individual complaints.

It led to claims that the probe, chaired by Dame Laura Cox, will be nothing more than a whitewash.

Yesterday the Prime Minister's spokesman said Dame Laura may wish to consider widening the remit to look at individual cases.

'There are ways in which this could be done,' the spokesman said. 'The inquiry has set out its

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