James Duddridge: No Cabinet members will support John Bercow
A Conservative MP trying to topple John Bercow has claimed that no Cabinet ministers will back the Speaker in a Commons vote of no confidence.
James Duddridge also admitted that his campaign was "a distraction" from the other challenges facing the country, but insisted that it was time for Mr Bercow to stand down.
The Rochford and Southend East MP tabled a motion of no confidence last week following Mr Bercow's outspoken criticism of Donald Trump.
Anger at the Speaker grew at the weekend after video footage emerged of him admitting to having voted Remain in the EU referendum.
MPs are expected to deal with the no confidence motion next week when they return to Westminster after the half-term recess.
Some prominent Conservatives have said they will not support Mr Duddridge's call, but appearing on Radio 5Live today, he insisted he had powerful backing from other top Tories.
He said: "I don't know any Cabinet ministers that aren't supporting me. I think some people may abstain.I would expect the Prime Minister to abstain. I had expected David Lidington to abstain given that he's a parliamentary neighbour and kind of chief interlocutor with John Bercow as Leader of the Commons. But he was quite robust at the weekend about not offering John Bercow his support.
"I don't think there will be a single member of the Cabinet that will support John Bercow."
Mr Bercow became Speaker in 2009, and said at the time that he wanted to serve nine years in the post.
But PoliticsHome revealed last week that pals of the Speaker believe he now wants to stay in the post until the next election in 2020.