Lord Bercow? BBC's Andrew Marr slams Corbyn's 'cheeky' peerage decision as Brexiteer snub


The BBC’s Andrew Marr said that it was “cheeky” for Jeremy Corbyn to extend John Bercow’s political career in the Lords. This comes amid controversial reports that the Labour Party has nominated former Speaker and Tory MP John Bercow for appointment to the House of Lords. Camila Tominey said the former speaker could even seat as a Labour peer when he takes his place in the House of Lords.

During the paper review on BBC One, Andrew Marr said that it was “quite funny” that Mr Corbyn had chosen a former Tory MP for a peerage.

He added: “It’s cheeky, isn’t it?”

Marr referenced the Remainer’s frequent clashes with Brexiteer during his time as House of Commons Speaker.

Brexiteers saw the nomination as a final swipe at Leave voters.

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Later on Marr, Tory Minister Alok Sharma refused to comment on Mr Bercow’s nomination, but added a sly dig at the former speaker.

He said: “I will say, over the last few weeks we have seen a change of tone in Parliament. Things are a lot calmer and they run to time.”

Tory Party Chairman James Cleverly was more restrained in his remarks about Mr Bercow’s peerage on Sky News’ Ridge on Sunday.

He said: “I’m going to fall back on convention here and by convention we don’t discuss the peerages and nominations before the event. He’s a very experienced politician.”

The outgoing Labour leader had previously praised Mr Bercow’s handling of Brexit.

The Sunday Times also revealed today that Mr Corbyn had also put forward former Labour deputy leader Tom Watson for a peerage, despite their tense working relationship.

Mr Corbyn’s former key aide and chief of staff Karie Murphy has also been nominated for a place in the upper house, according to the report.

A nomination for Ms Murphy could also prove controversial given the inquiry into alleged instances of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).


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