John Bercow stood down as Commons Speaker at the end of October after 15 years of service. Since then, the former MP for Buckingham has lined up a series of lucrative public engagements. His election night punditry on Sky News reportedly earned him £60,000 and a few days later, he appeared on Italian TV on the late-night chat show ‘Che Tempo Che Fa’.
On Christmas day, he also delivered an alternative address to the Queen’s Christmas speech, in which he called for more “personal courtesy” in politics and society.
The Channel 4 fixture was first broadcast in 1993 as a rival to the Queen’s own traditional festive address.
It is not clear how much money he earned for the appearance but according to a recent report by MailOnline, Mr Bercow has also signed to an after-dinner speech agency that could earn him £25,000 for just one night of work.
The JLA celebrity agency earns thousands of pounds per appearance for speeches by clients such as Alastair Campbell and Ed Balls.
The top tier of the agency’s stars earn a minimum of £25,000 per appearance, but Mr Bercow is one of the only speakers listed without a fee band.
Former Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg is listed in the top AA band, while Tony Blair’s former spin doctor Alastair Campbell is in the A band, earning £10,000 to £25,000 for an appearance.
Conservative veteran Ken Clarke is in the B category, earning £5,000 to £10,000.
On their website, Mr Bercow’s description reads: “John served as the 157th Speaker of the House of Commons, with a mission to strengthen the backbenches.
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