Bercow: Migrants work harder

Eastern European migrants to Britain show more "aptitude and commitment" to work than British people, the Commons Speaker John Bercow has said. The remarks have raised questions over his political neutrality.

Farage: 'Bercow is a disgrace to the office of Speaker'

Commons speaker John Bercow's comments on migrant workers has raised questions about his political neutrality. As Speaker, Mr Bercow is expected to stay out of active political debates.

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage. Credit: Press Association

Nigel Farage, the UK Independence Party leader told the Daily Telegraph: "It is outrageous that Mr Bercow is happy to overthrow the wisdom of ages and think it acceptable to comment on matters that are both highly political and deeply contentious.

"He is a disgrace to the office of Speaker. There are very good practical and constitutional reasons why the Speaker is neutral, reasons that he obviously believes are beneath his own august self image.”

Speaker John Bercow: Migrants are better workers

Eastern European migrants show more "aptitude and commitment" to work than British people, the Commons Speaker John Bercow has said.

Commons Speaker John Bercow. Credit: Press Association

In remarks on a visit to Romania last week, Mr Bercow spoke about the “important wave of immigrants” that have come to Britain in recent years, and praised their work ethic, “ reports The Daily Telegraph.

He said: "I believe things should be controlled and monitored when it comes to migration, any state that wants to protect its own people should do this, but there are also great advantages.

“I want to underline the fact that there has been an important wave of immigrants that came to Great Britain from new member states and in many cases they came with aptitudes and a commitment, an involvement we haven’t always seen in our labour force.”

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