Lindsay Hoyle praised by Conservative think tank for departing from Bercow’s partisanship

Lindsay Hoyle's time as Speaker assessed by Harris Quinney

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Chair of Bow Group Ben Harris-Quinney spoke to Express.co.uk and praised Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle for carrying out his role with “great effort” as he slammed John Bercow’s time in office. Mr Harris-Quinney said Mr Hoyle had won the respect from many in the House of Commons for putting his politics aside. The think tank boss went on to explain what is expected from the Speaker role and how Mr Bercow damaged the opinion of the office.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Harris-Quinney was asked his opinions of Mr Bercow’s defection to the Labour Party and what he perceives will be the political fallout from it. 

While Mr Harris-Quinney said the move would have very little impact on anything as the public do not support Mr Bercow as much as he may think, the analyst added Mr Bercow was seeking to become an “elder statesman” to comment on political issues. 

Turning his attention onto the current speaker, Mr Harris-Quinney said: “Anyone that becomes speaker comes from somewhere in politics, they’re elected as a member of parliament in almost every case for a political party.

“That is part of their political background, so you don’t get someone who is apolitical in their own right.

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“But the tradition is that once you are elected to that position that you take account of those biases and try your best to remove them so you preside over the house in a fair and balanced way.

“Not necessarily because that is your own beliefs but because that is the necessity of the role and that is what makes parliament a functional democratic institution.

“And from what I’ve seen so far from Lindsay Hoyle, he has made great efforts to depart from the partisan bias of John Bercow and rule in an even-handed manner.

“And I think from his record in office so far he’s done a good job of that.

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“I think he’s received a lot of respect from all sides of parliament but also from the public, who I think grew sick and tired of the sort of chicanery that was going on under Bercow.”

Sir Lindsay was a Labour MP before he became Deputy Speaker in 2010 under Mr Bercow and Speaker in 2019. 

Mr Bercow stood down in 2019 and appeared to be denied the tradition of a House of Lords peerage by the Conservative Party for what is assumed to be down to political disagreements. 

Mr Harris-Quinney highlighted some reports which suggest Mr Bercow’s move to the Labour Party is so he can be awarded his peerage. 

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Mr Bercow clashed several times with the Tories in the House of Commons which led to an unsuccessful vote to remove him from his role. 

The former Speaker was criticised by some politicians for injecting himself into the debate despite being in a non-partisan position.

Mr Bercow also banned Donald Trump from giving a speech in Westminster Hall despite pressure from the Government to allow him.

But Mr Harris-Quinney told Express.co.uk that Mr Bercow and Prime Minister Boris Johnson politically had a lot in common as the think tank boss said both men were Liberals.

While Sir Lindsay has seen praise for his work as Speaker so far, he has clashed with the Government several times including back in June where he chastised Prime Minister Boris Johnson for circumventing the House of Commons.

Sir Lindsay demanded Mr Johnson make future announcements to the Commons before any press conference he did not inform the house first about the lockdown easing delay.

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