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“I shouldn’t really be saying this”: John Bercow on Brexit, backbenchers and why nobody dreams of being speaker

The speaker’s chair has become the crucible for the whole Brexit constitutional crisis. And John Bercow is loving it

By James Graham   April 2019

John Bercow by Tim McDonagh.

“Look, I probably shouldn’t say this,” teases John Bercow, casting that infamously mischievous smile in the direction of a spokeswoman who joins us for our interview. “But I’m a bit odd.”

The Speaker of the House, as one of the most colourful yet controversial characters in contemporary politics, has been called many things. “Charming,” “smart,” and “passionate” are offered by some of the fans I’ve spoken to. David Cameron described him alternatively as “a little shit.” He seems to inspire love and…

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