- Bercow expected to face opposition after announcing to go back on resignation
- But those calling for Speaker to resign said there’s ‘no appetite’ to challenge him
- Bercow expected to be returned unopposed when MPs go back to Parliament
John Bercow is set to remain as Commons Speaker until 2022 after Tory plotters yesterday dropped their bid to oust him.
The controversial Speaker had been expected to face opposition after he announced his intention to go back on a pledge to step down next year.
But the ringleader of an attempt to get rid of him last night admitted there was ‘no appetite’ to push a vote to challenge him after the Tories lost their majority.
Mr Bercow is now expected to be returned unopposed by MPs when they return to Parliament later today.
James Duddridge, the Tory MP who led a failed challenge against Mr Bercow earlier this year, said: ‘There is no love for Mr Bercow, but there is not an appetite to push it to a vote.
‘The country has more important battles to fight, backing the Prime Minister, delivering Brexit and growing the economy.’
Mr Bercow was last week re-elected in Buckingham, standing as the impartial Speaker, with convention dictating that the main political parties do not stand candidates against him.