A FRESH Commons clash between John Bercow and the Government erupted last month after a frontbencher branded him a “pure and simple bully,” The Sun can reveal.
Footage shows the Government’s deputy chief whip Christopher Pincher fixing the Speaker with a firm stare before calling him a “bully” three times after he lectured Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom over procedure.
Mr Pincher then muttered “terrible man” while the Government chief whip Julian Smith shook his head in disgust.
The extraordinary outburst came after Mr Bercow scolded Mrs Leadsom for taking too long to answer a question in the Commons chamber during a Brexit debate last month.
It was the latest clash in a long-running spat between the Speaker and Commons leader.
And it comes as a fresh row between the Government and the Speaker exploded today when he chose a contentious amendment that would force the PM to outline her Brexit plan B within three days if she loses the crunch Commons vote on her deal next Tuesday.
Last year Mr Bercow faced repeated demands to resign after shocking allegations he bullied staff.
Professional lip reader John Cassidy last night confirmed Mr Pincher’s outburst at the Speaker, which occurred on December 10 – minutes after Mrs Leadsom announced the Government was postponing the crunch Commons vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal.
Mr Cassidy said the footage clearly shows the deputy chief whip saying: “Bully, bully, pure and simple a bully. Terrible man, he needs to go out.”
She reminded MPs that Mr Bercow had refused to apologise after he was caught using the same insult to her earlier in the year.
Last year officials told of Mr Bercow’s “fiery temper” as he faced calls to step down over the bullying and sex pest row sweeping Westminster.
One said: “He has a short fuse. I’ve seen him storming down corridors, slamming doors and swearing.
“He can be quite scary when he loses it. He once hit the roof with a private secretary and humiliated her in front of a line of other passengers.”
And a former Commons clerk who quit over bullying accused Mr Bercow of belittling her because he couldn’t lay his hands on an envelope.
Libby Bradshaw, who claims dozens of colleagues and friends were bullied, assaulted or abused, said: “When he was just a regular backbencher, he once screamed at me and called me a ‘little girl’ simply because he had been unable to find an envelope – which was exactly where I said it was, for the record.
“These are not people who even know what the problem looks like, let alone capable of examining whether they are part of that problem.”
Mr Bercow also faced bombshell claims last year that he bullied former staffer Angus Sinclair.
His successor Kate Emms was signed off with PTSD after working for Mr Bercow for less than a year.
And Parliament’s ex-‘Black Rod’ David Leakey compounded the claims by branding the Speaker “unworthy of someone in public office” and described the Speaker as “genuinely intimidating”.
Mr Bercow refused to comment on the footage of Mr Pincher last night and has firmly denied all bullying allegations made against him.
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