Jeremy Corbyn ‘nominates John Bercow for peerage’ after Boris Johnson vowed the ex-Speaker would NOT get seat in the Lords
- Jeremy Corbyn is believed to have nominated John Bercow for a peerage
- Government sources previously made clear they would snub former Speaker
- Mr Bercow enraged Brexiteers with his handling of Commons wrangling
Jeremy Corbyn is nominating John Bercow for a peerage despite Boris Johnson snubbing the controversial former Speaker, it was claimed today.
Labour is believed to have stepped in after the PM ripped up the convention that MPs go to the House of Lords after stepping down from the chair.
The move is remarkable as Mr Bercow was a Tory before being installed to preside over Commons debates in 2009.
Government sources previously swiped that they would not be ‘rushing’ to give Mr Bercow a peerage after he ‘gave up any pretence of impartiality’ over Brexit.
Jeremy Corbyn is nominating John Bercow for a peerage despite Boris Johnson snubbing the controversial former Speaker, it was claimed today
The former Speaker was accused of repeatedly twisting parliamentary procedure to help Remainers thwart the government.
Mr Bercow was also embroiled in rows over bullying allegations – which he flatly denied – and his lavish expenses.
But according to the Sujnday Times, Mr Corbyn – who praised Mr Bercow’s handling of Brexit – has now nominated Mr Bercow for a peerage.
He is also said to have put forward former Labour deputy leader Tom Watson, with whom he had an often tense working relationship.
And Mr Corbyn’s former key aide and chief of staff Karie Murphy could also get a coveted seat in the Upper Chamber.
Labour refused to comment on any of the claims.
The trio reportedly appear on an eight-strong list of dissolution honours nominations put forward by the Labour chief, who will quit his post in April after leading the party to two successive general election defeats.
Vetting is expected to begin on the nominations soon.
A nomination for Ms Murphy would be controversial given her crucial role in the disastrous election campaign, and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) inquiry into the Labour Party’s handling of anti-Semitism allegations against activists.
The Jewish Labour Movement tweeted a statement saying Ms Murphy’s nomination was ‘deeply inappropriate and must be rescinded immediately’.
‘Jeremy Corbyn is using his final weeks in office to reward failure,’ the group added.
And Labour deputy leadership contender Rosena Allin-Khan suggested that Ms Murphy should not be nominated until the anti-Semitism inquiry is concluded.
Ms Allin-Khan told Sky News: ‘What I do know is that she is currently being investigated by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).
‘Hope Not Hate said that anyone who is being investigated by the EHRC shouldn’t be recommended for a peerage, so I think that does need to be taken seriously.’
When asked if the nomination would make her ‘uncomfortable’ Ms Allin-Khan said: ‘I would like to see the outcome of the EHRC report.’
Mr Corbyn (pictured in the Commons last week) is believed to have put forward an eight-strong list for the dissolution honours
Labour is believed to have stepped in after the PM (pictured in Downing Street last week) ripped up the convention that MPs go to the House of Lords after stepping down
Meanwhie, it has emerged the House of Lords could be moved to York as Mr Johnson shifts power to his new Tory political heartlands.
The government is considering permanently relocating the second chamber to the north or midlands, in a signal that he is determined to give a voice to the areas that delivered his election victory.
Ministers have hailed efforts to ‘connect with the whole of the country’ after the PM ordered detailed work on the practicalities of putting the Lords in Yorkshire.
The plans have gone as far as identifying disused land owned by the government near York railway station as a potential site, according to the Sunday Times.
The Commons could also go ‘on tour’, holding debates away from London, in a bid to reconnect democracy to the wider UK.
International Development Secretary Alok Sharma said he was ‘supportive’ of the relocation and in principle it would be a ‘very good thing’.
And Tory chairman James Cleverly told Sky News’ Ridge on Sunday: ‘What we are looking at is a whole range of options on making sure the whole of the UK feels properly connected to politics.’
Pressed on whether the government would move the Lords, he said: ‘We might. It is one of a range of things that we are looking at.’
Boris Johnson has ordered detailed work on the practicalities of relocating peers (pictured at the state opening last month) to Yorkshire