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John Bercow is a controversial Speaker. Is he just what parliament needs?

Sally and John Bercow. He stresses they are not “joined at the hip”

The Speaker of the House of Commons is microwaving a spaghetti bolognese for lunch. Minutes earlier, he was chairing a boisterous session of prime minister’s questions, in which he rebuked David Cameron for failing to respond to the opposition leader. “Let us focus on an answer to the question, or we will move on,” he said, interrupting Cameron. “I call Mr Ed Miliband!”

We are in Speaker’s House, next to Big Ben, at the heart of the parliamentary estate, where John Bercow lives with his wife…

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