A Conservative minister has become the first government frontbencher to hint that he backs efforts to remove the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, over remarks he made about the visit of Donald Trump to parliament.
Greg Hands, the minister for international trade, highlighted a tweet criticising Bercow posted by Georgia Toffolo, a member of the Made in Chelsea reality TV show cast.
Toffolo, who frequently tweets about politics, is one of Hands’ constituents in Fulham and Chelsea. She regularly tweets about politics. “John Bercow, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. The Commons needs a new IMPARTIAL speaker,” she tweeted.
Hands highlighted her tweet with the caption: “Am looking forward to welcoming my constituent & Made in Chelsea’s @ToffTalks to the @HouseofCommons in the coming weeks.” Toffolo replied saying the pair had “lots to discuss”.
Bercow drew the ire of Tory backbenchers last week when he publicly vetoed any invitation to Trump to address both houses of parliament in Westminster Hall, saying the Commons must oppose racism and sexism.
James Duddridge, the MP who has tabled ano-confidence motion in the Speaker, said he was certain Hands was backing the movement to oust Bercow. “Yes is the short answer,” he told the Guardian. “Ministers have been quite…