Speaker Bercow vows to 'keep buggering on'

By Rebecca Taylor, News Reporter
The Speaker of the House of Commons has vowed to "keep buggering on" amid more claims of bullying in his office.
John Bercow was accused of creating a "climate of intimidation and fear" among MPs and officials by former Black Rod David Leakey.
Mr Leakey, who stood down as Black Rod last year after seven years, said he saw the "red mist" descend over the speaker during a conversation about seating arrangements when a high-profile visitor was attending the Commons.Mr Leakey told BBC's Newsnight: "He just took complete exception to what was being proposed and discussed and the red mist descended and he banged the table and yelled and was highly insulting to me, personally, including calling me an anti-Semite, he's Jewish himself I think, for which he apologised afterwards."
Speaker Bercow vows to 'keep buggering on'

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow
He said it had been "water off a duck's back" to him, but was "by any definition bullying".According to The Times, a senior MP said the speaker refused to be moved, and added: "He's said that he's determined to 'keep buggering on' and that he's got enough support across the Commons to do so."Mr Bercow is seen as more popular among the opposition benches in the Commons, but believes he has good support to continue from both sides.Mr Leakey added that it was difficult to remove Mr Bercow, because Labour feel they benefit from his treatment of the Conservative front bench.
In a statement before Newsnight, a spokesman for Mr Bercow said he and Mr Leakey had previously had disagreements but denied allegations.
Speaker Bercow vows to 'keep buggering on'

David Leakey was the Black Rod for seven years
The spokesman said: "Mr Speaker refutes all the allegations levelled by Mr Leakey."John Bercow and David Leakey are two very different people with very different backgrounds, perspectives and ideas. They had fundamental disagreements in 2011 and 2012, but interacted adequately after that."Mr Leakey's accusations follow similar claims from former private secretaries Angus Sinclair and Kate Emms.
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An inquiry is already under way into claims of bullying by MPs, but the remit does not extend to historical cases.Theresa May finds the allegations "concerning", Downing Street has said, and thinks they should be investigated.
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