Poor old Bercow! Commons erupts in laughter at Boris’s ‘making speaker great again’ jibe

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Referring to the ongoing US election, the Prime Minister’s joke used Donald Trump’s iconic campaign slogan to mock former Speaker John Bercow and congratulate Speaker of the House Sir Lindsay Hoyle on his first year in the role. Boris Johnson said: “The whole House is talking about the result of a heavily contested election.

“And indeed it is a year ago to the day, Mr Speaker, that you were elected Speaker.

“May I, on behalf of all members, wish you a happy anniversary.

“And thanks to you, Mr Speaker, for making the speakership great again.”

The jibe sparked the immediate laughter of MPs in the Commons and House Speaker Sir Lindsay. 

It comes as the world awaits the results of the US election, with both candidates so far claiming they will come out victorious. 

With the presidential result still on a knife-edge, Republican incumbent Donald Trump falsely declared victory and said “We want all voting to stop”, despite postal ballots in key swing states still being counted.

Speaking at the White House, President Trump said: “Millions and millions of people voted for us tonight.

“A very sad group of people is trying to disenfranchise that group of people and we won’t stand for it. We will not stand for it.”

Trump said he was ready to celebrate when it was “just called off”.

He added: “We were getting ready for a big celebration tonight, we were winning everything and all of a sudden it was just called off.

“We were just all set to get outside and just celebrate something that was so beautiful, so good, such a vote, such a success.

“The citizens of this country have come out in record numbers, this is a record, there’s never been anything like it, to support our incredible movement.”

He said “it’s also clear that we have won Georgia”, adding: “We’re up by 2.5 percent or 117,000 votes with only 7% left – they’re never going to catch us, they can’t catch us.”

He said he has “clearly won” North Carolina and claimed there is “a lot of life” left in the Arizona race but conceded it is possible he may not win the typically Republican-backing state.

Mr Trump said “we had such a big night”, adding: “And we have all these announcers saying what happened, and then they said oh, because you know what happened?

“They knew they couldn’t win, so they said let’s go to court.

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“And did I predict this… did I say this? I’ve been saying this from the day I heard they were going to send out tens of millions of ballots.

“I said exactly, because either they were going to win or if they didn’t win they’ll take us to court.”

Mr Trump said it would be “nice” to win Arizona but he does not need it.

“We don’t even need it. We don’t need that. That was just a state that if we would have gotten it it would have been nice, Arizona, but there’s a possibility, maybe even a good possibility, in fact, since I saw that originally has been changed and the numbers have substantially come down, just in a small amount of votes.

“So, we want that obviously to stay in play. But most importantly, we’re winning Pennsylvania by a tremendous amount,” he said.

Mr Trump said he is going to be “almost impossible to catch” in Pennsylvania.

“We’re winning Michigan. I tell you, I looked at the numbers. I said, wow, I looked, I said, wow that’s a lot,” he said.

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