‘Bercow for leader?’ LBC caller makes terrifying prediction on ‘Labour’s ultimate weapon’

Bercow would be 'a weapon' as Labour leader says caller

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Former Speaker John Bercow labelled Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party “xenophobic” and “nationalist” in a scathing attack following a dramatic overnight defection to the Labour Party. But one caller to LBC insisted Mr Bercow could be the future leader of the Labour Party. In an extraordinary claim, the caller claimed Mr Bercow could be Labour’s “ultimate weapon” and be a better leader than incumbent Keir Starmer. He explained how politics has changed and the reckoned Bercow could “capture the public’s imagination”.

“I think it could be Labour’s ‘ultimate weapon to maybe have Bercow as Labour leader.

“I think he’s got the chutzpah and tenacity to take down Johnson and capture the public’s imagination at least.

“I think it would be entertaining, I like Starmer he seems like a nice guy but I don’t think he is going to capture the public’s imagination.”

Host Swarbrick interjected: “Why not? If he is a nice guy, why is he unable to do that?”

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The caller replied: “I think we live unfortunately in times where the public have very short attention spans and they need someone who is going to make them sit up and take notice.

“I don’t think Starmer is that person, unfortunately.

“Whereas someone like Bercow, I think he could take down Johnson or at least prove to be his match.

Mr Swarbrick then questioned whether that was a result of the way politics has changed in Britain or whether the public simply don’t engage with politics enough to know who to vote for.

Robert Buckland quizzed on Bercow's Labour party move

The caller replied: “I think the whole political landscape has changed with the way the public thinks about politics.

“It seems to be more of a showbiz angle now rather than the actual content.”

His comments come as Justice Secretary Robert Buckland delivered a stinging analysis of John Bercow during an interview with Sky on Sunday.

Mr Buckland slammed: “I think him joining a political party actually has the effect of diminishing the force of his voice in politics however strong it wants to be.”

Mr Buckland then responded to the astonishing attack made by Bercow on Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party, branding them “xenophobic” and “nationalist party” to which Mr Buckland slammed “I disagree totally with his characterisation.”

He added: “He is a former speaker of the House of Commons and I do think that when people get elected to that very high office they put party politics behind them and I actually think that his voice would have been stronger if he stayed out of party politics!”

The Justice Secretary then nailed Bercow, saying: “Getting back into party politics is something no previous speaker has done and I would gently suggest that his voice would have been strengthened if he had not made that choice he has announced overnight!”

In an interview with the Observer, Bercow said: “I am motivated by support for equality, social justice and internationalism. That is the Labour brand. The conclusion I have reached is that this government needs to be replaced. The reality is that the Labour party is the only vehicle that can achieve that objective. There is no other credible option.”

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