Commons Speaker grants bullying debate amid increasing calls for him to quit

Speaker John Bercow has granted an urgent question on bullying in the Commons as calls for him to quit his role intensified in the wake of a damning probe.

Senior Conservative and Labour figures, along with a former top parliamentary official, said it was time for Mr Bercow to step down.

It follows an investigation by a High Court judge that found a culture of “deference, subservience, acquiescence and silence” had allowed the mistreatment of staff in the House of Commons to thrive.

Mr Bercow has also faced claims – strongly denied – that he bullied two former officials.

He granted a request from Labour MP John Mann calling for the Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom to make a statement on the findings of the review by Dame Laura Cox QC.

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