Ouch. After suffering a string of negative headlines for his performance at prime minister’s questions yesterday, Nick Clegg faced another rebuke today from the speaker for calling the Iraq invasion illegal – a personal view but not government policy. John Bercow said:
Ministers are responsible for what they say in the Chamber and it is assumed they will speak on behalf of the government.
But Clegg will have been relieved to hear Bercow’s response to an enterprising Labour backbencher calling for an apology:
He is pushing his luck. I have ruled on this matter and I have nothing further to say.