Speaker challenger hits out at pomp and ceremony’
PUBLISHED: 16:01 09 September 2009 | UPDATED: 11:14 12 August 2010
THE leader of a Eurosceptic party is challenging the speaker of the House of Commons so he can tell everyone the role is all pomp and ceremony . UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader and MEP, Nigel Farage, from Downe, is due to challenge Conservative spea
THE leader of a Eurosceptic party is challenging the speaker of the House of Commons so he can tell everyone the role is "all pomp and ceremony".
UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader and MEP, Nigel Farage, from Downe, is due to challenge Conservative speaker John Bercow for his safe Tory seat of Buckingham at the next general election, expected to be called next May.
Bromley-born Mr Farage will stand down as leader of the party when another one is chosen in November, so he can concentrate on becoming an MP.
The 45-year-old claims the challenge is not personal even though he has previously branded Bercow as representing "all that is wrong with British politics today".
In a bid to rectify his complaint that the British parliament does not do enough, Mr Farage said: "As speaker I would stand up and tell the truth - that his role is all pomp and ceremony. And that our parliament has lost its power. This would make a huge difference to the whole argument.
"It is not personal. I think he finds himself in a very symbolic position."
The former Conservative party member refused to say he had a good chance of winning Bercow's seat and merely said 'I have chance'.
He said: "I will miss being leader but I have got plenty to do and I am still going to go on as a spokesman. I am not going anywhere."
Farrage refused to pledge a move to the constiuency if he was to win the seat.
He said: "You will have to ask my wife that. I have lived my whole life within two miles of Downe and moving away would be very difficult. I will have to get premises in Buckingham. I don't know at this stage if the whole family would move. It would be a wrench to move."
On the next general election he said: "It does look like the Tories will win.
"But it is not a case of the Tories winning, more of a case of Labour losing.
"Cameron's policies are similar to Labour so it more like choosing red Labour or blue Labour.
"It should not be couched in left or right. I would like to see people put the interests of British people first.
"Nothing has come from the European Union that could not have been done through
co-operation between countries who are next-door neighbours.