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The 'Poppadom Plotters': Speaker John Bercow faces conspiracy accusations after being overheard asking arch-Remainer Ken Clarke during dinner at curry house: 'Where do we go from here?'

  • Speaker John Bercow has been accused of bending Commons rules to hurt PM
  • Mr Bercow was spotted dining with arch-Remainer Ken Clarke near Westminister
  • Mr Clarke voted against Article 50 but has backed Theresa May's Brexit deal 

By James Tapsfield, Political Editor, For Mailonline

Published: 06:28 EST, 10 February 2019 | Updated: 09:19 EST, 10 February 2019

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Speaker John Bercow faced a Brexiteer backlash today over a 'Poppadom Plot' dinner with arch-Remainer Ken Clarke. 

Mr Bercow was spotted dining with the former chancellor at a popular curry house near Parliament last week.

Witnesses claimed he asked Mr Clarke at one point during the meal: 'Where do we go from here?'

Long-standing Europhile Mr Clarke voted against triggering the Article 50 process nearly two years ago, but backed Theresa May's Brexit deal in the House of Commons last month. 

The Tory MP for Rushcliffe is currently the Father of the House - the member with the longest continuous service.   

The meeting emerged just days before the latest round of crunch Brexit votes in the House of Commons.

The two politicians were pictured leaving the Kennington Tandori on Wednesday evening  
The two politicians were pictured leaving the Kennington Tandori on Wednesday evening  

The two politicians were pictured leaving the Kennington Tandori on Wednesday evening  

Witnesses claimed John Bercow (left) asked Ken Clarke at one point during the meal: 'Where do we go from here?'
Witnesses claimed John Bercow (left) asked Ken Clarke at one point during the meal: 'Where do we go from here?'

Witnesses claimed John Bercow (left) asked Ken Clarke at one point during the meal: 'Where do we go from here?'

Mr Bercow is supposed to be politically neutral, but has been accused of bending Parliamentary procedures to make life as difficult as possible for Theresa May. The PM took a swipe at his actions during a Tory fundraiser last week, joking about auctioning off his unused copy of the House rule book.

Despite admitting he voted Remain in the referendum, Mr Bercow has insisted he is just being a 'champion' for Parliament and ensuring MPs get to have their say. 

A spokeswoman for the Speaker played down the dinner engagement with Mr Clarke - who reportedly told Mr Bercow he was having discussions with Labour Brexit committee chair Hilary Benn this week.

'The Speaker socialises over dinner with friends from across the House on a regular basis. We're not in the business of commenting on private conversations,' she said. 

However, Tory Brexiteer MP Andrew Bridgen, a long-term critic of the Speaker, condemned the meeting.

He told the Sunday Express: 'The Poppadom Plot is part of the Remainer elites trying to overturn the democratic will of the British people.' 

He added: 'It appears that the Speaker is conspiring with Remainer MPs to stop Brexit and subvert democracy.

'The Speaker must be removed immediately before he can do any more damage to the reputation of Parliament.'

Theresa May (pictured with husband Philip at church in Maidenhead today) is facing another round of crunch Brexit votes this week
Theresa May (pictured with husband Philip at church in Maidenhead today) is facing another round of crunch Brexit votes this week

Theresa May (pictured with husband Philip at church in Maidenhead today) is facing another round of crunch Brexit votes this week

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