John Bercow accused of using ‘sexually and racially inappropriate language’ by his most senior clerk


John Bercow’s chances of another peerage were dealt another heavy blow last night after he was rebuked by the House of Commons authorities and a new complaint was reported to have been made against him.

In an astonishing statement, they slammed the former Speaker for naming members of staff without their permission in his newly-published autobiography.

The slapdown came after Mr Bercow was accused of using ‘sexually and racially inappropriate’ language by his former most senior official.

Lord Lisvane, the former clerk of the House of Commons, is understood to have set out details of Mr Bercow making inappropriate remarks in an official complaint submitted to the Commissioner for Standards, the Parliamentary watchdog.

While Lord Lisvane declined to comment, senior allies told the Telegraph that his complaint goes beyond allegations of bullying and harassment to include examples of comments made by Mr Bercow in his presence.

A spokesman for Mr Bercow dismissed the claims as ‘unadulterated rubbish’, adding: ‘As Speaker [he]made constant efforts to increase diversity and inclusion. 

‘His record as a champion of gender, racial and LGBT equality speaks for itself.’  

Labour peer Lord Mann tweeted: ‘I am delighted to see the House of Commons at last standing up for those who work within it. Nobody is bigger than the staff who work alongside them. Ever.’ 

Bercow used his autobiography, Unspeakable, to hit out at former colleagues who accused him of bullying.

A Commons spokesman said it was ‘unacceptable’ to identify staff for ‘financial gain or commercial success’, adding they have ‘a right to expect that their privacy be respected’.

Mr Bercow now faces fresh bullying allegations from Lieutenant General David Leakey – the former Black Rod.

In a break with convention, Mr Bercow was not offered a peerage by the Government upon leaving his role as Speaker. 

However, he has been nominated for the honour by outgoing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. 

Lt Gen Leakey said giving him a peerage would be a ‘scandal’ due to his behaviour.

Last night Mr Bercow’s agent said he had every right to respond to ‘unfounded allegations’ in his autobiography.


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