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MPs not warned over Clerk CCTV allegations

MPs were not warned about the links of the Commons Clerk candidate to an alleged row over CCTV ‘spying’, it has emerged.

The Times reports that head-hunters who recommended Carol Mills for the role did not flag up any concerns about allegations that her office in Australia misused CCTV. She denies the claims.

Speaker John Bercow has paused the process of appointing someone to the position while concerns are addressed.


Bercow: My critics are snobs

John Bercow has labelled his critics as "snobs and bigots" in a new Radio 4 documentary. The Speaker also defended his wife Sally, arguing it was wrong to expect a wife to "walk a few paces behind her husband" and keep her own opinions to herself.


Commons reviewing  fig tree deal

The House of Commons is seeking a cheaper contract for the fig trees in Portcullis House that have cost taxpayers £400,000 to maintain.

 

Authorities are looking into “alternative funding arrangements” following a House of Commons Commissions on Monday night.

 

Speaker John Bercow told The House magazine he was “horrified” by the discovery last week.


Bercow: Critics are embittered

John Bercow has hit out at his critics in the House of Commons, describing them as "embittered and resentful".

In an interview with the World at One, the Speaker of the House said: "If people are fair-minded they should not three years on be sulking about who won", accusing those who briefed against him of bearing a "grudge".

"They have either vocalised their opinion in public or have constantly briefed against me behind the scenes," he said. "I have of course an idea about who some of these people are. And I think it is a sadness, a sadness for them that they are so embittered and resentful."


Bercow: Voters disillusioned

Commons Speaker John Bercow has said voters feel disillusioned with the three big parties because they are "quite similar" and there "isn't a huge choice". Mr Bercow told Sky News voters are "despairing" because they feel they have not got what they voted for.


Bercow 'horrified' by Commons fig trees

David Cameron has backed Speaker Bercow in calling for an end to a £400,000 contract for Commons fig trees.

The Prime Minister's official spokesman said he agrees with the Speaker's comments and that the House of Commons, like the rest of the public sector, should be cost-conscious.

He added: "All parts of the public sector need to be looking at where they can find savings. I don't see any reason why Parliament shouldn't."

Speaker Bercow has said he is "horrified" by the contract for fig trees and wants it terminated as soon as possible.

In a wide-ranging exclusive interview with PoliticsHome's sister publication The House magazine, the Speaker also defended the practice of having prayers in the Commons before sittings, saying they were a "positive" for the House.