John Bercow

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An address to both Houses of Parliament is not an automatic right; it is an earned honour. My view is that he has not earned that honour.feedback
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Nov 08 2017
We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which John Bercow is associated, including Trump, Britain, and ban. Most recently, John Bercow has been quoted saying: “An invitation to address both Houses of Parliament is not a bauble to be handed out by the prime minister of the day. It is not a government prerogative; that is a matter for the speakers of the two Houses.” in the article Speaker stands by ban on Donald Trump addressing parliament.
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Oct 12 2017 - Brexit

I can see many difficulties, for example, with a procedure that allowed, for instance, 100 or 200 MPs to seek the Speaker's agreement to a recall as this could be exploited for partisan purposes rather than responding to a genuine urgent situation. Indeed, this could put the Speaker of the day in an extremely awkward position.feedback

Oct 12 2017 - Brexit

This would ensure both a degree of balance and a testing threshold for a recall bid to cross. The house at the end of the day belongs to all of its members and not the minority of it who occupy ministerial office. I think the case for at least a debate in this space is overdue and I hope that it will happen shortly.feedback

Oct 12 2017 - Brexit

Somebody once said politicians complaining about the media are like sailors complaining about the sea – it's about as productive. The media are there and a very important part of a free society. I would much rather a rude and irreverent and sometimes even rather ill-informed media than a state-controlled media. I do sometimes think their own assessment of the importance of what they communicate is perhaps not quite shared by everybody else.feedback

Oct 12 2017 - Brexit

The idea that we are justified in taking weeks off, just after we've come back from the summer recess, so we can go through this palava strikes me as extraordinary. I don't think it's a disclosure of state secrets to say that I've got better relations with May than I had with Cameron. I always got on well with David when we were tennis partners together in the House of Commons tennis team – but things seem to have regressed somewhat after that.feedback

Oct 12 2017 - Brexit

I have long believed there is a certain incongruity about members disappearing for three weeks a year from their primary workplace.feedback

Oct 12 2017 - Brexit

Do they have a right to argue that point of view? They absolutely do.feedback

Oct 12 2017 - Brexit

But that is an opinion, rather than a constitutional fact.feedback

Sep 27 2017

The fusion of the craft and quality of tailoring with the modern, relaxed feel of sportswear is creating a new style of menswear. I like that, and I'm happy to twin a double-breasted jacket with jogging bottoms. I like things that clash, and putting together ideas that were never supposed to go together.feedback

Jul 19 2017 - Labour Party

There's always a balance to be struck – we don't want to behave as though it's all over, that everything has been done ... Because that isn't true I still feel that we can only really have equal marriage when you can bloody well get married in a church if you want to do so.feedback

Jun 29 2017

There is no obligation on female members not to wear ties.feedback

Jun 29 2017

So am I minded not to call a member simply because that member is not wearing a tie? No.feedback

Jun 29 2017

I must say to the honourable gentleman the general expectation is that members should dress in business-like attire so far as the chair is concerned I must say, this will gravely displease him, as long as a member arrives in the House in business-like attire the question of whether that member is wearing a tie is not absolutely front and centre stage.feedback

Jun 29 2017

I have indulged the honourable gentleman for the duration of his question, but I am glad he has now taken that hat off and I sincerely hope he never puts it on again, at least in this House.feedback

Jun 21 2017 - London

Let us begin by standing for a minute of silence as we remember the terrible events which have occurred in Manchester and at London Bridge, Grenfell Tower, and Finsbury Park.feedback

Jun 13 2017

We appear to be destined for testing times, I offer myself to the House as a tested Speaker.feedback

Apr 14 2017

Jo Cox was recognised, both inside the House and by all who had the privilege to know her, for her empathy, conviction and her passion for what she believed in. It will be an honour to host the first of the Great Get Togethers in her memory. Jo - her life and legacy - will not be forgotten.feedback

Mar 29 2017

As would be normal after such events we are seeking to make sure that any lessons are learned through two reviews. The Lord Speaker and I are commissioning an external independent review of how the perimeter of the parliamentary estate, including outbuildings, is secured and protected to produce a preliminary report by the end of April. The two clerks are commissioning an externally-led lessons learned review of the operation last week of Parliament's incident management framework to report by the end of June.feedback

Mar 29 2017

You will all shortly receive a letter inviting you and your staff to contribute your views and experiences to these reviews.feedback

Mar 29 2017

Members will also be aware that 2.40 pm today marks a week on from the shocking events of last week and our thoughts will be in particular with the Metropolitan Police as they mourn their colleague, PC Keith Palmer.feedback

Mar 23 2017 - 2017 UK Parliament attack

Colleagues, in respectful memory of those who lost their lives in yesterday's attack and of all of the casualties, we shall now observe a minute's silence.feedback

Mar 22 2017

She wrote to me to say: 'Teachers are purchasing items such as pens. out of their own pockets- this is disgraceful', says Eileen. Does the Prime Minister agree with Eileen?feedback

Feb 14 2017

An address by a foreign leader to both houses of parliament is not an automatic right; it is an earned honor.feedback

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