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Fresh pressure on Speaker Bercow over Brexit views

Speaker John Bercow is under fresh pressure over his impartiality after a video emerged in which he admitted he voted for Britain to remain in the European Union.

Bercow is already facing a motion of no confidence after suggesting President Trump should not be allowed to speak in Parliament during a state visit.

Constitutional expert, Professor Vernon Bogdanor, told ITV News that the Speaker represents the House of Commons and therefore "it is not for the Speaker to put his own views forward in public".

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Man arrested after scaling Palace of Westminster roof

The man was arrested. Credit: ITV News

The Met Police has confirmed a man has been arrested after scaling Palace of Westminster roof.

At approximately 9.15pm on Saturday, March 7 officers were made aware of a 23-year-old man on the roof at the Palace of Westminster.

Police negotiators were called to the scene and London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service were also in attendance.

At 5am on Sunday, March 8 the man was detained.

He was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and trespassing.

He has been taken to a central London police station pending further enquiries. At this stage it is too early to ascertain the reason as to why the man was trespassing on the roof.

– Met Police

Man scales House of Commons roof police confirm

Emergency services were called to the Palace of Westminster tonight after a man was seen on the roof. A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said officers were on the scene to deal with the incident.

She added: "At 9.15pm officers were made aware of a man trespassing on the roof at the Palace of Westminster. London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service are in attendance."

There was no immediate information as to why the man was there. The roof has been the scene of stunts by campaign groups in the past, including by protesters demonstrating against plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport in 2008, and Greenpeace a year later.

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