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If anything Farage helped to make sure Speaker Bercow was elected

Anthony Barnett
Anthony Barnett
7 May 2010

A small point about the BBC and its infatuation with the right. One of the highlights of the campaign results is how badly the right has done. But its article on the relection of Speaker John Bercow is:

Election 2010: Speaker John Bercow beats Nigel Farage

But the main challenger to Bercow was the independent candidate John Stevens who was backed by the network of independent candidates and supported by Martin Bell. Stevens was also the candidate selected by Hang 'em as the one to vote for. Bercow got 22,000 votes, Stevens got 10,000 and Farage only 8,000. Had Farage not parachuted in but supported the local man, Bercow might even have been defeated, so if anything Farage helped re-elect him by splitting the vote.

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