The donations, which may have helped Bercow hold onto his constituency in 2010 and 2015, included one payout from Narinder Chadha – the Chairman of the management board of Mr Vaz’s Silver Star Charity.
Mr Chadha has since admitted he made the donation after a recommendation from Mr Vaz, who was forced to resign as chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee after it was revealed he was involved in a sex party with two male prostitutes.
Following a Freedom of Information request by The Times, it was revealed that the Speaker amassed £41,000 from donors with links to Mr Vaz, receiving £17,500 from five sources in the space of a fortnight – just six months before the 2015 election.
Bercow's actions around Mr Vaz after donations have raised concerns ovr conflicts of interest
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While Mr Bercow and his donors acted within the law and broke no parliamentary rules, the Speaker’s actions around Mr Vaz after the donations have raised concerns of a potential conflict of interest.
The Times investigation claims Mr Bercow did not ask Mr Vaz to step down from his prestigious place on the Home Affairs Committee after MP Andrew Bridgen privately alerted him to allegations being made police.
The Speaker later called on Mr Bridgen to sit down as he attempted to talk about the allegations – which related to alleged abuse of Mr Vaz’s position in office and had no relation to his sex scandal last year.
Mr Vaz currently sits on the Justice Committee, who oversee the director of public prosecutions.
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After the Labour MP was appointment to the committee, Mr Bridgen made a speech to the Commons claiming police were investigating allegations Mr Vaz might have “abused his position in public office”.
But Mr Bercow, who was not obliged to act on the allegations, interrupted the concerned MP twice – claiming he was attempting to speak about events that were not publicly known.
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Mr Bercow told The Times all of the donors were personal acquaintances who he had met on a variety of different occasions.
Mr Vaz said members of the Asian community financially supported MPs, including Mr Bercow, due to admiration for their commitment to diversity.
The donations may have helped Bercow hold onto his constituency in 2010 and 2015
The claims related to an alleged abuse of Mr Vaz's position in office
A spokesperson for Mr Bercow’s offices said: “The Speaker’s seven years’ experience in office and his professional adviser’s 40 years’ experience carry rather greater weight than the implication that the Speaker’s Office should operate in the manner of an episode of Diagnosis Murder — keeping order in the chamber by day and investigating alleged crimes by night.
“Although this is a pitch I may well make at some stage if I decide to go into the writing of daytime drama, the reality is that this is not how the role of the Speaker works.
“To be clear: the Speaker implements standing orders and chairs proceedings in the chamber – freestyling as Columbo at the request of a member on the basis of an unsubstantiated allegation is not part of the Speaker’s job description.”
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