Published On: Sat, Sep 7th, 2019

Goodbye Bercow! Tory plot to unseat Speaker in next election – ‘Given up impartiality!’ | Politics | News

John Bercow’s ten year tenure could soon be over as Boris Johnson plans to run a Tory candidate against him in the next general election, in an attempt to end his political career. In doing so, Conservative Campaign Headquarters (CCHQ) will break with years of convention – as it is currently tradition that no other major party runs a candidate against the Speaker, to allow them a clear shot at winning. But the Tories are preparing to rip up the parliamentary precedent in retaliation to Mr Bercow’s repeated attempts to thwart the Government’s Brexit plans by siding with pro-Remain MPs.

This week, the Speaker allowed backbenchers to seize control of the agenda and pass a law that both delays Brexit and blocks a no deal.

Tory MPs condemned the move as political bias, breaching the Speaker’s key role of impartiality.

A senior Conservative source told the Daily Mail that Mr Bercow, who was a Tory MP before becoming Speaker, had “long given up any pretence of impartiality”.

They added: “The constituents of Buckingham shouldn’t be denied the opportunity to vote for a Conservative MP any longer.”

On Monday, officials at CCHQ will email local association information them the Buckingham seat is open to applications.

A shortlist will then be drawn with local activists in the safe Home Counties seat, which has been held by Mr Bercow since 1997.

Up to four finalists will be voted on by party members to select the final candidate.

It will be the first time Mr Bercow’s seat will be contested by a major political party since he became Speaker in 2009.

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He had vowed to serve in the role for nine years but said he planned to stay on to navigate the Brexit crisis engulfing Parliament.

He said he did not feel it was “sensible to vacate the chair” while there were momentous events, such as Brexit, before Parliament.

Earlier this year, Mr Bercow revealed he was not planning to stay on as Speaker for much longer, but cited the 2017 general election as justification.

He told the Buckingham and Winslow Advertiser: “If Theresa May can take a few weeks to change her mind about holding an election I can be forgiven for taking a few years to change my mind about staying on.”

But the Prime Minister looks set to force Mr Bercow to stand down, by hoping a Tory candidate ousts him from his Buckingham seat.

It is not yet known who will run to replace him, if he was booted, but a candidate must be a sitting MP an be nominated by between 12-15 MPs and at least three of which must be from a political party different to that of each candidate.

An MP can only nominate one candidate.

A vote is then held in the House to decide the winning candidate, by an exhaustive ballot voting system where an absolute majority is required for victory.

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