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Bercow says he is victim of Tory 'conspiracy' over peerage block – 'Blindingly obvious'

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Broadcasting House, the former House of Commons Speaker claimed it was “blindingly obvious” that his chances of been offered a peerage were being hijacked by his opponents in Parliament. Asked whether he believed there is a “conspiracy to stop Bercow going to the other place”, Mr Bercow said: “Oh yes, there’s no doubt about that. That’s absolutely blindingly obvious. It’s a point in fact that it is so obvious that only an extraordinarily clever and sophisticated person could fail to grasp it.”

Asked whether his chances to join the House of Lords were now “over”, he said: “I didn’t say that.

“You asked me whether there was a concerted campaign, whether there is a conspiracy, whether there was an organised effort and I said that it is blindingly obvious that that is so.

“As to what the outcome will be, well, we shall have to see.

“There is no entitlement to go to the Upper House. Every Speaker for the last couple of hundred years has been invited to do so.

“But there’s no entitlement, we shall have to see what happens.”

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John Bercow claims there is a ‘conspiracy’ against him becoming a member of the Lords (Image: BBC)

The former Speaker was accused of bullying and harassment by former Clerk of the House Lord Lisvane and former Black Rod Lieutenant-General David Leakey, who filed formal complaints against Mr Bercow. 

Lieutenant-General Leakey has said Mr Bercow’s nomination for a peerage is inappropriate because of his behaviour.

Mr Bercow has denied all allegations of bullying made against him.

Senior Labour figures have come to the defence of the former Speaker after Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn nominated him to the House of Lords. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson refused to nominate Mr Bercow after the allegations against him came to light. 

Retiring Speakers are traditionally nominated for a peerage by the Prime Minister.

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John Bercow is being bullied by Tories, claims Dawn Butler (Image: SKY)

Labour deputy leadership candidate Dawn Butler said the Conservatives’ decision to depart with tradition and not award Mr Bercow the peerage after his decade in the chair could be “a form of bullying too”.

The shadow women and equalities minister added that the focus should be on why the Tories did not nominate the former Speaker in the first place, suggesting it was “to do with Brexit”.

Ms Butler’s comments came after it was confirmed that a third complaint has been submitted about Mr Bercow’s behaviour.

Speaking on Sky’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday, Ms Butler said: “It is the norm that the Speaker of the House is always given a peerage so I think the first question for me is why hasn’t he been given a peerage from the Conservatives?”

She added: “I would like to know the reason why he wasn’t given a peerage. I suspect it’s actually to do with Brexit rather than anything else.

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Diane Abbott defended John Bercow against David Leakey’s accusations (Image: GETTY)

“The other thing is due process has to happen so if you accuse somebody of bullying there has to be due process.”

Ms Butler said: “If John Bercow’s been accused of bullying then there needs to be due process and has he been found guilty or is it just an accusation? And I think those are the things that we have to go through.

“We really do need to ask the Conservatives why is it that you haven’t like everybody else ensured that the Speaker of the House is given a peerage? Otherwise I think that is a form of bullying too.”

Earlier this week, Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott faced backlash for also defending John Bercow against allegations of bullying.

Ms Abbott appeared to suggest former Black Rod, David Leakey, could not have been bullied by Mr Bercow because he previously served in the military.

In the tweet which was later deleted, Ms Abbott said: “Allegations come from former parliamentary official David Leakey. He had been a Lieutenant General who served in Germany, Northern Ireland and Bosnia. But claims he was bullied (i.e. intimidated and coerced) by John Bercow. Unlikely.”

Ms Abbott has since deleted her tweet. 

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