John Bercow cashes in with lucrative publishing contract for memoir about his controversial reign as Commons' Speaker called 'Unspeakable'

  • The book Unspeakable  will offer blunt opinions on the past five prime ministers 
  • Mr Bercow, 56, recently stepped down after a decade as Commons Speaker  
  • Released next February, the 'grippingly candid' read will also plot his childhood 

John Bercow is set to cash in on his controversial decade in the Commons' Speaker chair with a lucrative memoir deal.

The £20 hardback - Unspeakable - will cast his withering eye over the past five prime ministers, including Boris Johnson with whom he frequently clashed over Brexit. 

Released next February, the 'grippingly candid' read will plot his childhood, journey to Parliament and stint as Commons' Speaker, which came to an end amid a storm of controversy last month.

Mr Bercow said: 'I made friends and enemies alike, but from start to finish I sought to do the right, rather than the convenient, thing and to be a decent public servant.

John Bercow laughs after announcing he will be standing down as Commons' speaker after a decade in the chair in September

John Bercow laughs after announcing he will be standing down as Commons' speaker after a decade in the chair in September

On election to the speakership on June 22, 2009, (pictured) he promised to serve 'no more than nine years in total' - a commitment he scrapped ahead of the 2017 snap election

On election to the speakership on June 22, 2009, (pictured) he promised to serve 'no more than nine years in total' - a commitment he scrapped ahead of the 2017 snap election

He will cast his withering eye over Boris Johnson and previous prime ministers when he publishes his tell-all memoirs in February.

He will cast his withering eye over Boris Johnson and previous prime ministers when he publishes his tell-all memoirs in February.

'The story of a rewarding and fortunate career is told in my own words, and readers can make their own assessment of a journey that I enjoyed and they will judge. 

The 56-year-old entered Parliament in 1997 as MP for Buckingham and held several shadow ministerial positions.

On election to the speakership on June 22, 2009, he promised to serve 'no more than nine years in total' - a commitment he scrapped ahead of the 2017 snap election.

But allegations of bullying by former members of his staff, denied by Mr Bercow, led to fresh calls for him to quit.

The recently departed Commons umpire has won many plaudits who praise him for a string of reforms which they say strengthens the ability of backbench MPs to hold the government to account.

Yet he has also faced heavy criticism for a series of controversial rulings in the chamber which were widely considered to favour Remain supporters as Brexit dominated recent business in Parliament.

Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Mr Bercow's deputy, replaced him as Commons Speaker last week in an election pitch viewed as distancing himself from his predecessor. 

Unspeakable will plot Mr Bercow's childhood, journey to Parliament and decade as Commons' Speaker, which came to an end amid a storm of controversy last month

Unspeakable will plot Mr Bercow's childhood, journey to Parliament and decade as Commons' Speaker, which came to an end amid a storm of controversy last month

During his 10-year stint officiating MPs' debates, Mr Bercow has come under fire for shirking interviews with the British media.

Unspeakable promises to reveal his inner-most thoughts and experiences during this time, while also likely defending some of his more contentious rulings.

In the fortnight since leaving the speakership, he has already spoken out about Brexit, which he slammed as the 'worst foreign policy decision' of modern times.

And he launched a stinging attack on David Cameron who he accused of believing he is 'born to rule'.  

It has become commonplace for high-profile politicians to release a memoir upon stepping down from office.

Earlier this year, Mr Cameron released For The Record, a weighty volume of his time in power in which he charts his rise to Number 10 and his premiership's most controversial decisions.  

Alan Samson, chairman of publisher Weidenfeld & Nicolson, described the book as 'a grippingly candid narrative of a truly eventful political life'.

Commons John Bercow during his final day in the Chair on October 31. The recently departed Commons umpire has won many plaudits who praise him for a string of reforms which they say strengthens the ability of backbench MPs to hold the government to account

Commons John Bercow during his final day in the Chair on October 31. The recently departed Commons umpire has won many plaudits who praise him for a string of reforms which they say strengthens the ability of backbench MPs to hold the government to account

John Bercow cashes in with lucrative publishing contract for memoir

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