Former speaker Bercow switches to Labour

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The former speaker said that despite Johnson’s professed commitment to “levelling up”, he has no interest in those less privileged than himself….reports Asian Lite News.

The former speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow has launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Boris Johnson and announced he has left the Conservatives to join the opposition Labour Party.

In an explosive interview with the Observer, Bercow says he termed today’s Conservative party as “reactionary, populist, nationalistic and sometimes even xenophobic”.

Bercow, who stepped down as Speaker in 2019 after 10 years, says he joined the Labour party a few weeks ago because he now shares its values and sees it as the only means to removing the current Tory government from office, reported the Guardian quoting the interview.

“I am motivated by support for equality, social justice and internationalism. That is the Labour brand,” Bercow was quoted as saying.

“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.”

The former speaker said that despite Johnson’s professed commitment to “levelling up”, he has no interest in those less privileged than himself. He also describes as “utterly shameful” the government’s decision to cut international aid.

He also said Johnson was a successful campaigner but a lousy governor.

“I don’t think he has any vision of a more equitable society, any thirst for social mobility or any passion to better the lot of people less fortunate than he is. I think increasingly people are sick of lies, sick of empty slogans, sick of a failure to deliver,” the Guardian quoted his words from the interview.

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