Bercow: People are 'suspicious' of formal politics

Commons John Bercow (right) walks with , Freddie Viggers in 2009. Credit: Reuters

Commons Speaker John Bercow claims voters feel let down by mainstream political parties because they have not got what they voted for.

In a stinging verdict on the local election results, which saw poor turnout and a drubbing for the coalition, he suggested people felt disillusioned because the parties are "quite similar" and there "isn't a huge choice."

The Speaker, who is expected to remain politically impartial at all times, claimed many people are "suspicious or even despairing" about the political system.

In an interview for Sky News' Murnaghan programme, Mr Bercow said: "To some extent, people are suspicious or even despairing of formal politics as a means to give expression and effect to what they want.

"I think there is a wider dissatisfaction that people feel partly that the parties are still quite similar and perhaps there isn't a huge choice, and partly they feel, well 'I said what I wanted, and I voted accordingly, but I haven't got what I wanted or what I voted for two years ago'."