'I'm not a sex symbol,' insists John Bercow

John Bercow has insisted he is not a sex symbol in a candid interview.

He was responding to claims made by his wife Sally that his high-profile role as Commons speaker had made him more attractive.

John Bercow has insisted he is not a sex symbol. Credit: PA

"I have most certainly not become a sex symbol," he told The Times Magazine. "She [his wife] does have a very good sense of humour."

The 51-year-old, who is 5ft 6in tall, also said he was "never bothered about being short".

"Whereas nobody these days would regard it as acceptable to criticise someone on grounds of race or creed or disability or sexual orientation, somehow it seems to be acceptable to comment on someone's height, or lack of it.

"Does it affect me, personally? Not at all. It's just low grade, intellectually substandard and schoolboyish."

He also referred to scrutiny of the couple's marriage, which has hit the headlines a number of times over the years.

"Sally and I have our own approach to marriage and we are perfectly comfortable in our own skin," he said.