Mr. Bercow was also accused during his career of intimidating members of his staff, claims that he denied. He resigned in 2019.
Bercow is a strong critic of Johnson, a Brexit champion whose rise has coincided with an exodus of pro-European Union politicians from the Conservative Party. Bercow told The Observer newspaper that Johnson’s conservatives had become “reactionary, populist, nationalist, and sometimes even xenophobic.”
“The conclusion I have come to is that this government needs to be replaced,” he said. “The reality is that the Labor Party is the only vehicle that can achieve that goal.”
Justice Secretary Robert Buckland rejected the characterization of the party as xenophobic, saying that Bercow’s decision to renounce political neutrality “actually has the effect of diminishing the strength of his voice in politics.”