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Speaker John Bercow compared to Jedi Master Yoda, he is

Published 14/04/2016 | 13:01

Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, was compared to Star Wars' Yoda by Labour MP Chris Bryant
Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, was compared to Star Wars' Yoda by Labour MP Chris Bryant

John Bercow has been compared to Jedi Master Yoda from the Star Wars films.

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Labour's Chris Bryant believes the Speaker of the House of Commons is a good impersonator of the Star Wars character although he urged him to use "proper English" in the chamber.

Yoda, who first appeared to cinema audiences in The Empire Strikes Back in 1980, has been described as speaking in the order of object-subject-verb.

Cabinet Minister Chris Grayling defended Mr Bercow, noting he regards him "as a man of greater stature than Yoda" while labelling Mr Bryant the "Jar Jar Binks of the Labour Party".

Mr Bercow was later mocked by other MPs over the Star Wars connection.

Speaking in the Commons, Mr Bryant took exception with how Mr Bercow questions when an MP wants their proposed legislation to return to the chamber for further scrutiny.

Shadow Commons leader Mr Bryant said: "Incidentally, why on earth do you say 'second reading, what day?' as if you're Yoda in Star Wars.

"I mean, why can't you just say it in proper English? It's quite a good impersonation you do, mind you - especially when you call Andrew Selous."

Mr Bercow often emphasises the "ooo" sound of Tory minister Andrew Selous's surname, resulting in a " Selooooo" pronunciation.

Commons Leader Mr Grayling, in his reply, said of Mr Bryant: " I was indeed a little surprised to hear a Star Wars joke from the Jar Jar Binks of the Labour Party, though I have to say I think a little unfair."

He added to Mr Bercow: " I've always regarded you as a man of greater stature than Yoda, and I'm surprised the shadow leader would even make that comparison."

Labour MP Ian Mearns (Gateshead), when called to speak by Mr Bercow, joked: "To continue the Star Wars theme it is grateful that I am, Mr Speaker."

Tory former deputy speaker Nigel Evans later added: "May the force be with you, Mr Speaker."

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