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Ex Speaker John Bercow defects to Labour blasting ‘nationalistic’ Tory govt

CONTROVERSIAL former Speaker of the House John Bercow has defected to Labour – after blasting the “nationalistic” Tories.

The ex Conservative MP said he switched his political allegiances several weeks ago – because he believes Sir Keir Starmer’s party is the only way to get rid of the Government.

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John Bercow has defected to Labour – because he believes it’s the best way to get rid of the ‘populist’ Tory partyCredit: UK Parliament

Mr Bercow, who stepped down as Speaker in 2019 after a decade, called the Conservative Party “reactionary, populist, nationalistic and sometimes even xenophobic”.

“I am motivated by support for equality, social justice and internationalism. That is the Labour brand,” he said.

“The conclusion I have reached is that this Government needs to be replaced.

“The reality is that the Labour party is the only vehicle that can achieve that objective. There is no other credible option.”

Mr Bercow described Boris Johnson as “a successful campaigner but a lousy governor”.

“I don’t think he has any vision of a more equitable society, any thirst for social mobility or any passion to better the lot of people less fortunate than he is,” he said.

“I think increasingly people are sick of lies, sick of empty slogans, sick of a failure to deliver.’’

And he said the Tory party’s unexpected loss of long-held Chesham and Amersham in a recent by-election shows times are changing.

He argued voters in the south have “considerable distrust” of the Government.

But Mr Bercow admitted Sir Keir may not be able to lead Labour to victory in the next election.

“The jury is out,” he said.

“I am, however, hopeful because I observed Keir Starmer at close quarters from the Speaker’s chair.

“He may not be Bill Clinton or Barack Obama but he is decent, honourable and intelligent and he came into politics as public service. 

“I believe that he is motivated by an earnest and consuming desire to better the lot of the vast majority of the people of this country who do not enjoy the privileges that he does.”

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