John Bercow’s peerage hopes in tatters – Ex-Speaker hit by new claim

Lord Lisvane, the former clerk of the House of Commons, is understood to have set out details of Mr Bercow making inappropriate remarks in an official complaint submitted to the Commissioner for Standards, the Parliamentary watchdog. Senior allies of Lord Lisvane have confirmed that his complaint goes beyond allegations of bullying and harassment to include examples of comments made by Mr Bercow in his presence.

It is the latest in a spate of allegations to be levelled at Mr Bercow since it was reported last month that he had been nominated for a peerage by Jeremy Corbyn.

A spokesman for Mr Bercow dismissed the claims as “unadulterated rubbish”, adding: “As Speaker he made constant efforts to increase diversity and inclusion. His record as a champion of gender, racial and LGBT equality speaks for itself.”

Senior Conservative sources claimed there was now “widespread opposition” among peers to Mr Bercow being elevated to the House of Lords.

A Whitehall source, said: “If Jeremy Corbyn wants to nominate Labour people for a peerage, that’s fine. But the ability to nominate a cross-bencher remains with the Prime Minister.”

Mr Bercow is also facing bullying allegations from Lieutenant-General David Leakey – the former Black Rod.

In a break with convention, Mr Bercow was not offered a peerage by the Government upon leaving his role as Speaker.

However, he has been nominated for the honour by the outgoing Labour leader.

Lt Gen Leakey said giving him a peerage would be a “scandal” due to his behaviour.

The row comes after Mr Bercow was condemned over his decision to name a number of Parliamentary staff members without their knowledge or consent in his newly released autobiography Unspeakable.

Two of those named were senior officials who he is alleged to have bullied, one of whom has never chosen to speak out against him publicly.

Mr Bercow categorically rejected the suggestion that he had bullied the pair and had only become aware of the allegations when media reports were published in 2018.

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