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'Pathetic' John Bercow mocked for Labour defection - 'So desperate for a peerage'

Ex-Speaker John Bercow defects to Labour

Mr Bercow who served as Speaker for 19 years revealed he joined the Labour party a few weeks ago as he shared their values and ethics. The former Speaker, who has since labelled Brexit as the UK's biggest mistake since the Second World War, insisted the Labour Party is the only "vehicle" to oust the Tory party.

Mr Bercow was snubbed from receiving a peerage when he stepped down last year, making him the first Commons Speaker in 230 years not to be nominated for the accolade.

Now, many people have claimed the former Speaker only joined the Opposition Party in a bid to secure a peerage.

Former Brexit Party leader, Nigel Farage, tweeted: "Bercow backed the Remain sabotage campaign in Parliament and now joins the Labour Party.

"He loves a sinking ship."

Former House of Commons Speaker John Bercow

Former House of Commons Speaker John Bercow (Image: PA)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Image: Getty)

Tory commentator Darren Grimes said: "John Bercow, so desperate for a peerage, defects to the Labour Party, as if the electorate can't see through such desperate acts.

"How pathetic."

Andrea Jenkyns, Conservative MP for Morley and Outwood, tweeted: "Former speaker #Bercow the arch Remainer who tried to stop #Brexit feels so at home in the Labour Party under #Starmer!

"It speaks volumes about how out of touch the Labour Party are with northern working-class communities."

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Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer (Image: Getty)

Tory MP for Harwich and North Essex, Sir Bernard Jenkin, added: "The proper role of an ex-Speaker is to demonstrate their impartiality by remaining impartial after they have left that office.

"Mr Bercow is reinforcing just how prejudiced he was as Speaker."

While Andrew Bridgen, MP for North West Leicestershire, claimed the former Speaker joined the Opposition party "years ago".

The Tory MP tweeted: "John Bercow announces he’s defected to Labour.

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History of British Prime Ministers (Image: Express)

"Most of us thought he had joined them years ago.

"This is so he can be nominated as a Labour peer and join the HoL, and the Govt won’t be able to block it as we could while he was a ‘Conservative turned independent’ cynical & cunning."

Former MEP Richard Tice said Mr Bercow's defecting to Labour was "another reason to abolish the House of Lords".

Another Twitter user wrote: "The Labour Party thought that only getting 1.6% in a by-election and losing their deposit was a bad start to their week.

Former Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage

Former Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage (Image: Getty)

"It's ended with them gaining John Bercow."

Someone else echoed: "Just when you thought things couldn't get any worse for Labour, John Bercow decides to defect to Labour.

"They can keep him.

"Usually rats leave a sinking ship, in John Bercow's case, it's a rat joining a sinking ship."

Another Twitter user added: "Another nail in Labour's coffin. John Bercow has joined it."

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