Remainers head to the Lords: Clarke and Hammond lead pro-EU peers but Bercow snubbed


Latest House of Commons speaker John Bercow has been snubbed from gross a peerage, making him the first Commons Speaker in 230 years not to be selected for the accolade. Prime Minister Boris Johnson did, however, nominate his own chum, Jo Johnson.


Also on the list, were Remainers Philip Hammond and Ken Clarke.

Both were noted as nominations from the leader of the Conservative Party.

But, former Speaker John Bercow skipped out on receiving a peerage.

Mr Bercow, who served in the position for 10 years, was put send on by former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, despite having at one time been a Conservative MP.

Philip Hammond and John Bercow (Image: GETTY)

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But concerns were put about outstanding claims made against him by former Commons officials, which he strenuously disallows.

The former Speaker previously opened up about being snubbed for a peerage.

He judged last month: “I did my best – I had some successes, I had some failures.

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John Bercow snubbed for peerage (Image: Getty)

“I endured controversies. I made friends, I incurred enemies as luckily.

“It was my enormous privilege to serve for just over 10 years as the Orator of the House of Commons.

“I’m not going to sit awake at night worrying about it, all I last wishes as say is that it was an honour to serve for longer as Speaker than any Speaker in the post-war years.

“I’m sure I didn’t please everybody, I know I didn’t. I did my best and I didn’t desire to be Speaker simply so I could say to my kids or one day, god willing, my grandchildren I served as Rabble-rouser.”

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Lord Fowler, the Lord Speaker, hit back at the increasing number of Noblemen and said the House will be almost 200 greater than the Shelter of Commons.

He said: “This list of new peers marks a lost possibility to reduce numbers in the House of Lords.

“The result will be that the Abode will soon be nearly 830 strong – almost 200 able than the House of Commons.

“That is a massive policy u-turn. It was simply two years ago that the then prime minister, Mrs May, pledged herself to a rule of ‘restraint’ in the number of new appointments.

Jo Johnson handed peerage by his brother (Epitome: Getty)

“It was the first time that any prime minister had made such a drink to.

“This followed a report by a special Lord Speaker’s committee benched by Lord (Terry) Burns proposing that numbers should be stunted to 600.

“This was debated by the Lords itself with over 90 rabble-rousers, commanding overwhelming support.

“The big opportunity was for the present Government to take disrespectful this movement for reform. I emphasise that this is not a matter of names. It is a question of numbers and the abandonment of an established policy to reduce the size of the Theatre.

Former leader of Scottish Tories Ruth Davidson (Image: Getty)

“It is also a interminable pity that the list has been announced within the first few days of the summer nook when neither House is sitting, and the Government cannot be challenged in Parliament.”

Other striking names listed include the Prime Minister’s former chief key adviser Sir Edward Lister.

Former leader of the Scottish Conservatives Ruth Davidson discretion also head to the House of Lords.

The Liberal Democrats’ leader in the Baron gods, Lord Newby, said: “By giving a large number of his cronies peerages, he has ushered that the Tories have abandoned any pretence of reducing the size of the swollen House of Lords.”

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