How John Bercow was accused of 'sucking up to Labour' in Commons

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The vote on Mr Johnson’s deal is expected to be on a knife-edge, with every vote counting. While unlikely, it is possible that it comes down to a solid 50/50 in the Commons and in this scenario the Speaker gets to cast the deciding vote. This would be bad news for supporters of the deal, as Mr Bercow has previously been accused of “ingratiating himself with Labour”.

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A former colleague of the Speaker claimed in 2011 that he had “systematically alienated his colleagues”.

Former Tory MP Rob Wilson claimed in the Telegraph how Mr Bercow had mocked members on his own benches, while trying to flatter those across the aisle.

He said: “This was partly through his habit of sneering at their contributions in the Chamber – he would loudly correct other MP’s grammar and syntax – and partly through his practice of ingratiating himself with Labour MPs, often sending them little notes of congratulations on a speech or an intervention.”

Mr Wilson added that he found Mr Bercow to be “divisive, boombastic and insecure”.

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John bercow jeremy corbynJohn Bercow allegedly "ingratiated himself" with Labour MPs (Image: GETTY / The Guardian)

john bercowJohn Bercow at the State Opening of Parliament (Image: GETTY)

Many Conservatives reportedly thought he would defect to the Labour Party before he was elected Speaker.

Perhaps unsurprisingly then, in his election only around half a dozen Tories backed him, with the majority of his support coming from the Labour benches.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has whipped against the deal, claiming it is an “even worse deal than Theresa May’s, which was overwhelmingly rejected".

If Mr Bercow were to continue “ingratiating himself”, there would be a clear way in which to vote.

boris johnsonBoris Johnson has secured a deal with the EU that must now be passed by Parliament (Image: GETTY)

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