Former Conservative MP and Commons Speaker John Bercow has mentioned his switching of allegiance to sign up for the Labour Birthday celebration is “no longer non-public in opposition to Boris Johnson”.
Mr Bercow instructed Sky Information his choice to defect clear of the Conservative Birthday celebration isn’t to do with the PM, however added that Mr Johnson has “just a nodding acquaintance with the reality”.
It got here as Justice Secretary Robert Buckland mentioned Mr Bercow “left the Conservative Birthday celebration a very long time in the past”.
Mr Buckland additionally accused the previous speaker of getting lowered his affect by means of popping out in beef up of Labour.
“I feel him becoming a member of a political celebration in reality has the impact of diminishing the power of his voice in politics, alternatively sturdy he desires it to be,” the justice secretary instructed Sky Information.
Mr Bercow introduced on Saturday that he had joined the Labour Birthday celebration in contemporary weeks. He served as a Tory MP for Buckingham from 1997 till he was once elected speaker in 2009.
Talking completely to Sky Information, Mr Bercow added that he “did not have the slightest need” to rejoin the Conservative Birthday celebration after stepping down as Speaker following a decade within the chair in 2019.
“In case you are pronouncing to me is it basically about Boris Johnson, the truthful solution to this is no,” the previous Commons Speaker instructed Sky’s Trevor Phillips on Sunday.
“It’s not non-public in opposition to Boris Johnson.
“I do assume that he’s somebody who has just a nodding acquaintance with the reality in a bissextile year and I feel that the utter contempt with which he has handled Parliament is lamentable and it has exacerbated the very sturdy emotions of resentment against him – as a result of I feel a large number of other people really feel that isn’t the technique to behave.”
Mr Bercow additionally disregarded claims that his transfer to the Labour Birthday celebration was once motivated by means of in need of a peerage, one thing he was once denied by means of Mr Johnson’s executive after status down from his place as Speaker.
“I have had completely no dialogue in any respect, both with Keir Starmer or every other member of the Labour management about that subject,” he mentioned.
“There was no barter, no industry, no deal in any respect.”
Mr Bercow added: “It is not in my thoughts, it isn’t a part of the sport plan, I have not mentioned it, I am not looking ahead to it.
“What I am motivated by means of is a dedication to equality, social justice and internationalism.”
The previous Commons Speaker mentioned he now has “a left of centre view” and believes Sir Keir can be a “hugely preferable” chief than Mr Johnson.
“Now I am a personal citizen, as Robert Buckland says, I am entitled to take a political view. And my view is a left of centre view. I establish with Labour values, Labour ideas, Labour insurance policies,” he mentioned.
“The true factor in my thoughts is who has the imaginative and prescient of a extra equitable society? Who thirsts to ship social mobility?
“Who desires to raised the lot of other people much less lucky than a political chief?
“And on that calculus, Keir Starmer is hugely preferable to Boris Johnson.”
Pronouncing his defection to the Labour Birthday celebration on Saturday, Mr Bercow he regards the Tories beneath Mr Johnson as “reactionary, populist, nationalistic and on occasion even xenophobic”.
“I’m motivated by means of beef up for equality, social justice and internationalism. That’s the Labour emblem,” he instructed The Observer.
“The belief I’ve reached is this executive must be changed.
“The truth is that the Labour Birthday celebration is the one automobile that may reach that goal.
“There is not any different credible possibility.”
Mr Bercow’s profession was once dogged by means of team of workers allegations of bullying, accusations he at all times denied.
He was once additionally accused by means of Brexiteer MPs of being biased in favour of the Stay facet of the Brexit debate.
The Labour chief’s place of work declined to touch upon Mr Bercow becoming a member of the celebration however shadow justice minister Karl Turner mentioned he was once unsurprised however “thrilled” that his “pal” had joined Labour.
At the Conservative facet, alternatively, pensions minister Man Opperman mentioned: “Labour are welcome to Bercow.”
A senior executive supply mentioned: “This may increasingly wonder no person and displays Labour continues to be the celebration of Stay.”