The Speaker of the House caused uproar among his own Conservative Party MPs after saying he would work to prevent the President from speaking to MPs because of his “racism and sexism”.
Mr Bercow’s speech in the Commons led furious ministers to call for his resignation, with Tory MP James Duddridge tabling a motion of no confidence expected to draw scores of votes from the ruling party.
But insiders claim the Speaker’s partisan rant was a clever power play, aimed at gaining support from Labour, SNP and Lib Dem MPs so he could keep his job until 2020.
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Mr Bercow has long faced little support from his own party due to his shifting liberal views and close affiliations with Labour.
In 2015 Tory MPs moved to hold a secret ballot to remove him from his position, but the proposal was knocked back by his left wing supporters in the Commons.
Despite being expected to stand down next year, the Speaker is believed to have made a move to keep his seat at the head of the Commons for another three years.
Speaking to the Telegraph, a senior member of Mrs May’s Government said: “Bercow did this to win Labour, SNP and Lib Dem support for staying on.
Mr Bercow has long faced little support from his own party
“He has orchestrated the whole thing.”
Mr Bercow’s allies have claimed he was simply responding to a question in Parliament – but a number of Conservatives say he had pre-prepared his statement.
Speaking to the Commons he said: "We value our relationship with the United States.
The Speaker is believed to have made a move to keep his seat at the head of the Commons
Bercow accused Mr Trump of 'racism and sexism'
“However, as far as this place is concerned I feel very strongly that our opposition to racism and to sexism and our support for equality before the law and an independent judiciary are hugely important considerations in the House of Commons.
"Before the imposition of the migrant ban I would myself have been strongly opposed to an address by President Trump in Westminster Hall.
“After the imposition of the migrant ban by President Trump I am even more strongly opposed to an address by President Trump in Westminster Hall."
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