Former Conservative MP John Bercow revealed that he has gone over to the Labor Party, considering that the Tory formation with Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the helm is “reactionary, populist, nationalist and, at times, even xenophobic.”
In an interview with the Sunday ‘The Observer‘, released today on the website of’The Guardian‘, the former Speaker of the House of Commons – since he left in 2019, after 10 years – explains that he has changed his political alliances to join Labor “motivated by support for equality, social justice and internationalism. That is the Labor brand. “
“The conclusion I have reached is that this (conservative) government has to be replaced,” he says. According to Bercow, who served 12 years as a Tory MP before being elected “Speaker” in the Commons in 2009, “the reality is that the Labor Party is the only vehicle that can achieve that goal. There is no other credible option.” .
His career as president of that House (lower) was plagued by criticism from deputies in favor of Brexit – or the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union (EU) – who considered that a series of decisions adopted by Bercow were favorable to the pro side. stay in the block.
From the office of Labor leader Keir Starmer, they have not yet commented on Bercow’s adherence to the party. John McDonnell, who was a spokesman for the Economy under the Labor opposition of the former leader of that party Jeremy Corbyn, pointed out that Bercow was always “scrupulously fair” in his treatment of deputies, including Corbyn.
“He earned our respect, especially for his fight to protect the rights of Parliament. I welcome him wholeheartedly into the Labor Party,” McDonnell said.
In particular, Bercow has criticized the “shameful” decision to cut international aid and has accused Johnson of having no interest in those who are less privileged than himself. “He is a success in the campaign, but a mean ruler,” he added.