John Bercow Complains About 'Sea Of Men' In Commons

Too many men

John Bercow complained about the “sea of men” trying to ask questions in the Commons on Tuesday as he sought out a female MP.

As business secretary Greg Clark gave a statement to parliament on corporate governance, the Speaker was keeping his eye out for a woman to quiz the cabinet minister.

Of the 650 MPs, just 191 are women.

Bercow told the Commons: “I just observe in passing, there is undiluted sea of men seeking to catch the eye of the chair. If a female member were to stand she would be called at the moment there isn’t so she won’t.”

As he spoke, Conservative MP Victoria Atkins obliged.


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