Saturday 17 February 2018

I'm a terrible wife, says Bercow after accusation of affair

Troubled: John Bercow and his wife Sally
Troubled: John Bercow and his wife Sally

Gordon Rayner and Olivia Rudgard

Sally Bercow has admitted she is "a terrible wife" after she was accused of having an affair with her husband John Bercow's cousin, adding she had been "left heartbroken" by her alleged lover.

Mrs Bercow did not deny cheating on her husband, the Speaker of the UK House of Commons, with Alan Bercow as she left her home without her wedding ring. She said she had hated the six "lonely" years living with John Bercow in parliament, and vowed: "I won't go back."

In a double blow to the Speaker, there was also speculation he could face a fight to keep his job, with rumours that Conservatives may use their majority to make a second attempt to oust him.

Mrs Bercow's affair is said to have begun at the start of the general election campaign, when the Speaker campaigned in his Buckingham constituency and his cousin moved into a £1.2m (€1.6m) mews house in Battersea jointly owned by John and Sally Bercow.

Alan Bercow's wife, Erica, has confirmed that the affair happened, but the 57-year-old solicitor has now moved back into his marital home with his wife and 10-year-old son after the relationship with Sally Bercow ended a week ago.

Yesterday, Mrs Bercow was at the Battersea house alone, while the Speaker was at his flat in Parliament with their three children.

Appearing without her wedding ring, she admitted she has had "a difficult marriage for a long time, primarily because we're living in parliament and I hate it there."

She said her husband John was "not a weak man" who was "very forgiving". However, she added: "But I'm not sure I want to be forgiven."

(© Daily Telegraph, London)

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