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11/07/2013 05:25 BST | Updated 11/07/2013 06:57 BST

Tory MPs Form 'Bollocked By Bercow' Club In Anger At Commons Speaker

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Tory MPs are said to have joined a club to express anger at John Bercow

Backbench Tory MPs unhappy at being told off by the Commons Speaker have hatched a plot to form a new "BBB Club" - which stands for "bollocked by Bercow”.

John Bercow has gained a reputation for his stern attitude towards MPs that he feels are misbehaving in the Commons. But many Conservatives feel he unfairly targets them while letting Labour MPs off the hook.

According to the Daily Mail, the MPs in the new club plan to wear badges bearing the "BBB" name during next week's prime minister's questions.

The paper reports that the club has also approached ministers including Michael Gove, Simon Burns and Anna Soubry to see if they wish to become members.

Yesterday Bercow admonished MPS for their rowdy behaviour during PMQs. "I thought it was a very unedifying spectacle," he said.

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"It was as noisy, if not more noisy than I have ever known it. I would ask members on both sides of the chamber, as I have done many times over the years, to give some thought to the way our proceedings are regarded by people outside of this House whose support we seek and whom we are here to represent.

He added: "Frankly, the behaviour by very large numbers of people was poor."

The Speaker has had many run-ins with Tory MPs, including one infamous occasion in which Mark Pritchard was reported to have shouted, "you are not fucking royalty, Mr Speaker".

Speaking on LBC Radio this morning, deputy prime minister Nick Clegg acknowledged PMQs was not the best advert for politicians. "It looks like a different species yelling at each other," he said.