John Bercow walks away with tax-payer funded £1 million pension

JOHN BERCOW will leave the Speaker’s chair with a lucrative gold-plated £1 million pension.

Mr Bercow’s retirement package is believed to be one of the most generous in the country and will pay him £38,000 a year when he retires. Yesterday the Commons Speaker said he would quit in the event of MPs voting for a general election next month and if not he will stand down on October 31, the current Brexit deadline. In 2012, Mr Bercow refused to follow Gordon Brown and David Cameron who gave up the non-contributory pension which was given to former Prime Ministers and Speakers.

As Speaker of the House of Commons Mr Bercow’s salary has overtaken the Prime Minister’s and stands at £155,000.

In order for a retiree to have a pension of this amount, they would need to have a pension pot of £1 million.

This pension of the Speaker is index-linked, which means it goes up with the cost of living, and involves no contribution by the recipient.

Duncan Simpson, the Research Director of TaxPayers’ Alliance said: “The size of this pension pot is obscene.

"It is right that many in the public sector are now contributing more to their income in retirement. But this has seemingly not occurred with Mr Bercow.

"The next speaker should not be allowed to enjoy this kind of taxpayer funded bung in the future."

John Bercow and his wife Sally Bercow

John Bercow and his wife Sally attend a Service of Thanksgiving today (Image: GETTY•PA)


Both Bercow and his wife will benefit from the pension pot (Image: GETTY )

Mr Bercow has enjoyed living in his apartment at the Speaker’s House where he does not contribute to rent or running costs.

This comes despite critics accusing Mr Bercow of doing anything within his power of derailing the Brexit process.

The Buckingham MP angered Eurosceptics but was praised for boosting the Backbenchers during his time as Speaker.

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Critics were frustrated at Bercow trying to derail Brexit (Image: express)

He also proved controversial when he used his position as Speaker to express his opposition to Donald Trump addressing Parliament during a state visit.

When he became Speaker, he said he would serve nine years but he decided to stay on to see through the Brexit process.

MPs Sir Lindsay Hoyle and Harriet Harman are frontrunners to replace the Speaker.

According to, the average retiree household in the UK spends around £27,000 a year.

John Bercow

Bercow did not give up his huge pension like David Cameron did (Image: GETTY )

John Bercow

Bercow announced his resignation earlier this week (Image: ParliamentTV)

When he announced he would be standing down as Speaker, he said: ““In 2017 I promised wife and children it’d be my last, this is a pledge that I intend to keep - if House votes for early election my tenure will end, if the House doesn’t I have concluded that least disruptive course of action would be for me to stand down for close of business on October 31.”

“Least disruptive because that date will fall shortly after the votes on the Queen’s speech on the 21st and 22nd of October.”

Mr Bercow’s wife Sally was sitting in the public gallery to hear his husband announce the news.


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