Friends of the Prime Minister said he planned to defy the convention which gives Speakers automatic elevation to the House of Lords when they resign. They said Mr Johnson felt blocking his entry to the upper chamber would will be the perfect riposte to a Speaker he blames for also ignoring Parliamentary precedent when dealing with Brexit.
No one in this Government will be rushing to give Bercow a peerage
A source close to the Prime Minister said: “No one in this Government will be rushing to give Bercow a peerage.
“He likes to think of himself as a reforming Speaker, yet he’s been dogged by scandals and given up any pretence he is impartial.”
Mr Bercow announced his resignation last night when he told MPs he was standing down at the end of next month unless an election was called beforehand.
John Bercow and his wife Sally at a service in memory of late Lib Dem leader Lord Ashdown
In an impassioned speech Mr Bercow, who has held the influential post for just over 10 years, also said he would step down as MP for Buckingham.
As his wife Sally looked on from the gallery, Mr Bercow said: “At the 2017 election, I promised my wife and children that it would be my last.
“This is a pledge that I intend to keep. If the House votes tonight for an early general election, my tenure as Speaker and MP will end when this Parliament ends.
“If the House does not so vote, I have concluded that the least disruptive and most democratic course of action would be for me to stand down at the close of business on Thursday October 31.
“Least disruptive because that date will fall shortly after the votes on the Queen’s Speech expected on October 21 and 22.
“The week or so after that may be quite lively and it would be best to have an experienced figure in the chair for that short period.
“Most democratic because it will mean that a ballot is held when all members have some knowledge of the candidates.
“This is far preferable to a contest at the beginning of a parliament when new MPs will not be similarly informed and may find themselves vulnerable to undue institutional influence.”
Mr Bercow said he had “sought to be the backbenchers’ backstop” and thanked his team in the Speaker’s House for their work behind the scenes.
He has come under fire from the Government benches for a series of controversial rulings in the chamber which were widely considered to favour Remain supporters.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn praised Mr Bercow for being a “superb” Speaker, and said he had “totally changed the way in which the job has been done”.
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He said: “This Parliament is stronger for your being Speaker. Our democracy is the stronger for your being the Speaker.
“And whatever you do when you finally step down from Parliament, you do so with the thanks of a very large number of people."
For the Government, Michael Gove said it was clear Mr Bercow loved the House of Commons and democracy.
He told him: “Your commitment to your principles and to your constituents is unwavering and an example to others.”
Mr Gove joked that he hoped Mr Bercow would not take it personally when he votes for an early general election, adding: “It is the case that however controversial the role of the backstop may be in other areas, your role as the backbenchers’ backstop has certainly been one that’s been appreciated by individuals across this House.”
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage tweeted “good riddance” in response to Mr Bercow’s announcement.
Veteran Tory MP Sir Edward Leigh confirmed his intention to stand to replace Mr Bercow, while Labour’s Chris Bryant has previously put his hat in the ring.
Other potential successors include Commons deputy speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle and Labour former Cabinet minister Harriet Harman.