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Speaker tells critics they're 'just jealous'.

THE Speaker of the House of Commons has accused his critics of being "embittered and resentful" about failings in their own political careers.

In an outspoken interview, John Bercow said many of those who had tried to prevent him becoming Speaker in 2009 were still "sulking" three years later.

He also hit out at sections of the media that had attacked him and his wife, Sally Bercow, calling them "low-grade, sub-standard downmarket low music hall drivel". Mr Bercow has divided opinion in Westminster with his frequent interventions in Prime Minister's Questions and his regular requirements for ministers to appear before MPs to face urgent questions on issues of the day.

"There are people who say 'he's so puffed up with his own importance' and people who never wanted me to win in the first place and in many cases strove very hard to stop me winning have tended to feel a lingering sense of grievance," he told Radio 4's The World At One.

"Sometimes people who haven't perhaps achieved what they wanted to achieve in their political career can display some sign of resentment." He said people who were "fair-minded" should not "three years on be sulking about who won" and added that Mr Cameron had never voiced any objection to him about being called.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 15, 2012
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