‘The jury’s out’: John Bercow takes swipe at Labour leader Keir Starmer just moments after singing his praises
John Bercow was caught disparaging Keir Starmer at the conference – just moments after praising him.
The former Commons speaker told delegates the ‘jury’s out’ on the Labour leader – and suggested he did not know whether he had it in him to win the next election.
Just moments earlier he told a fringe event Sir Keir was ‘a good guy’ and ‘has got a great brain’.
Mr Bercow, who was a Tory MP until he became speaker, joined Labour in June, and at Monday evening’s event he turned his fire on his former party.
John Bercow (pictured) was caught disparaging Keir Starmer at the conference – just moments after praising him
He told ‘comrades’ how to defeat the ‘worst government of his lifetime’.
‘The Conservative Party always used to be said to be “cruel but efficient”,’ he said. ‘Now, if they do not lose their reputation for being cruel, and there is no imminent likelihood of that loss, they have acquired a reputation for being inefficient, incompetent and incompetent on an industrial scale.
‘The task of the political craftsmanship of the Labour Party is to expose those errors.
‘The Labour Party has got to thrust to the fore alongside Keir who is a formidable prosecutor and a formidable advocate … a team which can reach out to people and persuade people that they are different from, and preferable to, this shower.’
The former Commons speaker told delegates the ‘jury’s out’ on the Labour leader (pictured) – and suggested he did not know whether he had it in him to win the next election
On Sir Keir, Mr Bercow said he is a ‘good guy’ but that the Labour Party has got to develop a ‘narrative’ and ‘clear policies’.
But after the event had finished, he told a group of fans: ‘To be honest, if I’m really honest about it, the jury’s out…
‘If you’re saying to me “did I join the Labour Party because of Keir Starmer”, no I didn’t, I’ll be honest with you.
‘I didn’t join because of Keir… It’s the party you’re voting for whether Keir can do it, I don’t know.’