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John Bercow launched himself to American viewers of The Traitors US by boasting about his familiarity with “backstabbing” and “deception”.

The 60-year-old is collaborating within the US version of the immensely common present. The TV collection pits collectively a bunch of superstar contestants who should work out who has been designated “traitors” with the intention to get rid of them from the sport earlier than the tip.

Mr Bercow stepped onto the present after leaving politics following the 2019 election. During his time as Speaker within the House of Commons, he confronted accusations of siding with Labour and blocking Theresa May’s makes an attempt to succeed in a Brexit deal.

He stated in his introduction to the TV present: “I’m a retired politician. Backstabbing [and] deception are all part and parcel of the political life.”

He touted his years of expertise within the House of Commons, suggesting it could make him good at sniffing out Traitors on the present.

“Over the years I have developed a knack for detecting who frankly is trying to lie, to deceive, to cheat, for material gain,” he stated.

A former Conservative MP, Mr Bercow turned a Labour occasion member after stepping down from managing debates within the House of Commons.

This was taken by his critics as an indication that he had been deliberately working towards Ms May’s authorities as he oversaw essential votes to maneuver the Brexit deal ahead.

He was additionally discovered to have been responsible of bullying, intimidation in addition to sexually discriminatory remarks throughout his time within the House of Commons, in accordance with a Parliamentary Standards investigation.

“The respondent’s conduct was so serious that, had he still been a member of parliament, we would have determined that he should be expelled by resolution of the house,” the report stated. “As it is, we recommend that he should never be permitted a pass to the parliamentary estate.”

It additionally accused him of being “widely unreliable and repeatedly dishonest” when giving proof.

Mr Bercow strenuously denied the findings and described the investigation course of as “grievously unjust”.

He additionally stated complainants had opposed his reforms for parliament to make the Commons extra inclusive and various.

“Parliament is supposed to be the highest court in the land,” he stated. “This inquiry, which lasted a ghastly 22 months at great cost to the taxpayer, has failed it dismally. At the end of it, the panel has simply said that I should be denied a parliamentary pass which I have never applied for and do not want. That is the absurdity of its position.”