John Bercow joins Labour Party

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John Bercow - Peter Summers /Getty Images Europe
John Bercow - Peter Summers /Getty Images Europe

John Bercow, the former Tory MP and Speaker of the House of Commons, has switched his political allegiances to join the Labour Party.

Mr Bercow, who stepped down as Speaker in 2019 after 10 years, said he regards today’s Conservative Party as “reactionary, populist, nationalistic and sometimes even xenophobic”.

He said he joined the Labour Party a few weeks ago because he now shares its values and sees it is as the only means to removing the current Tory government from office.

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

“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.”

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