No 10 hints it may block Labour bid to make John Bercow a peer

The used Condominium of Commons Speaker John Bercow. Labour has now not denied reports that it can possibly possibly contain the ex-Conservative MP on its checklist of nominations for peerages.
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Downing Facet highway has hinted Boris Johnson might possibly possibly strive and block a peerage for John Bercow if the used Speaker is nominated by Jeremy Corbyn.

The prime minister’s legit spokesman acknowledged it can possibly possibly be a ruin in convention if reports are suitable that Labour is preparing to place Bercow’s name ahead for the dissolution honours checklist.

It’s miles unparalleled for used Audio system to be nominated for entry to the Condominium of Lords by their maintain social gathering, and Bercow before all the pieces joined the Condominium of Commons as a Conservative MP.

Then yet again, Johnson is now not expected to present a peerage to Bercow, who became instrumental in giving parliamentary time to MPs antagonistic to Brexit.

There had been reports over the weekend – now not denied by Labour – that Corbyn has included Bercow’s name on a checklist of nominations by the Labour social gathering.

But No 10 suggested Bercow might possibly possibly also must affix Labour if he desires a peerage essentially essentially based on the social gathering’s nomination.

The spokesman acknowledged: “It’s miles an extended-standing convention for the chief of the opposition to nominate participants of their social gathering for a peerage.”

Bercow’s seemingly nomination has been the topic of controversy, with used Shadowy Rod, Lt Gen David Leakey, telling the LBC radio relate it can possibly possibly now not be an acceptable advice.

He highlighted criticism of Bercow over his document on tackling bullying within the Condominium of Commons.

An just document by Dame Laura Cox in October 2018 acknowledged there became a convention of “deference and silence” that “actively sought to duvet up abusive conduct” and gave no protection to those reporting bullying or sexual harassment.

It realized that parliament’s latest leadership became incapable of altering a in vogue culture of bullying and harassment, and suggested officers alongside side Bercow will must be conscious of standing down.

Labour’s nominations for the Condominium of Lords had been additionally expected to contain Corbyn’s used chief of workers Karie Murphy, despite the latest inquiry into how the social gathering has handled alleged antisemitism by the Equality and Human Rights Fee (EHRC).

The Jewish Labour Circulate acknowledged Murphy’s nomination became “deeply harmful and would be rescinded straight”.

“Jeremy Corbyn is using his final weeks somewhat than commercial to reward failure,” the neighborhood added.

Labour has declined to touch upon reports referring to the nominations.