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  Tories plan to contest John Bercow's seat in breach of convention
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Sep 08, 2019 11:08am
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News DateSunday, September 8, 2019 10:05:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe Conservatives will field a candidate against the Commons Speaker, John Bercow, at the next general election, Andrea Leadsom has said.

The business secretary revealed the move, a breach of longstanding convention, as she stepped up her feud with Bercow, accusing him of breaking the rules of parliament by allowing MPs to take control of Commons business.

In a stinging attack, Leadsom said Bercow had failed in his role and had permitted a “flagrant abuse” of parliamentary process. She said the Conservative party would field a candidate in Bercow’s constituency of Buckingham at the next election as a result.

The Speaker of the Commons is an MP and stands in general elections but is usually unopposed by the major political parties.

“Give us back an impartial Speaker,” Leadsom said. Her comments come days after MPs backed a motion to take control of the Commons timetable to pass legislation to block a no-deal Brexit.
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