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Sally Bercow considers standing as Brighton MP

The Argus: Sally Bercow and husband John at last year's general election Sally Bercow and husband John at last year's general election

Celebrity Big Brother star Sally Bercow says she would consider running to become an MP for Brighton.

The Labour Party-supporting wife of the Commons Speaker, John Bercow, said it would be “brilliant” to represent the city at Westminster.

Despite her party loyalties, Mrs Bercow said she hoped Caroline Lucas retained her seat in Brighton Pavilion, saying she would not run against the Green leader.

But she said Brighton Kemptown would be her number one choice were she to decide to run for Parliament.

Speaking to The Argus, Mrs Bercow said she wasn’t sure whether the party hierarchy would approve her candidature.

She said: “I would certainly consider it, but I do feel that to be honest, it would be a rare Labour selection committee that would take me on.

“Brighton could be one, because I don’t think that they are into identikit politicians.”

Mrs Bercow pointed to boundary changes that could make Brighton Kemptown a tougher seat for Labour, saying it had been “hacked about”.

Two new constituencies, Lewes and Brighton East, and Uckfield are being created.

Even with no intervention from Mrs Bercow, the Boundary Commission proposals throw open the possibility of a tantalising battle between coalition partners.

Simon Kirby, Brighton Kemptown's serving MP, said: “ It would certainly make the election interesting.

"If the boundary changes go through I could be standing against Norman Baker as well.”

Simon Burgess, former Labour candidate for Brighton Kemptown, said: “I won't be seeking selection for the Kemptown constituency again but I am obviously keen to see a strong selection from Labour.

"Sally Bercow is a very interesting and high profile figure who has said in the past how much she loves Brighton. If she was chosen I think she would give Simon Kirby a good run for his money.”

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9:41am Thu 24 Nov 11

lordenglandofsussex says...

Candidates should not be allowed to stand in a constituency unless they live permentatly within its borders. One ruling that should be implemented.

Another should be brought in to curtail career politicans ie only two terms allowed to be served in Parliament ever.
Candidates should not be allowed to stand in a constituency unless they live permentatly within its borders. One ruling that should be implemented. Another should be brought in to curtail career politicans ie only two terms allowed to be served in Parliament ever. lordenglandofsussex
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9:52am Thu 24 Nov 11

Morpheus says...

All the butters seem to come here.
All the butters seem to come here. Morpheus
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10:00am Thu 24 Nov 11

Discombobulated says...

The sooner this self promoting cretin suffers some kind of mouth paralysing disorder, the better off we'll all be.
The sooner this self promoting cretin suffers some kind of mouth paralysing disorder, the better off we'll all be. Discombobulated
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10:15am Thu 24 Nov 11

Hove Ex-Pat says...

The city of Brighton & Hove is not, quite, perfect but it does not deserve this. She should get this idea out of her airhead mind now. The story in the national press this week about her possessing "a battery operated device" was the last straw. She has gone too far.
The city of Brighton & Hove is not, quite, perfect but it does not deserve this. She should get this idea out of her airhead mind now. The story in the national press this week about her possessing "a battery operated device" was the last straw. She has gone too far. Hove Ex-Pat
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10:29am Thu 24 Nov 11

puddingandpi says...

Oh dear, I really don't think this is a good idea. She obviously feels that Brighton, with it's easy-going & cosmopolitan atmosphere, will be likely to vote in someone so sexually liberated & open. I don't think the majority of Brightonians have a problem with that attitude, but we aren't stupid! We want someone to represent us who will actually do the job, not just court publicity all the time.
Oh dear, I really don't think this is a good idea. She obviously feels that Brighton, with it's easy-going & cosmopolitan atmosphere, will be likely to vote in someone so sexually liberated & open. I don't think the majority of Brightonians have a problem with that attitude, but we aren't stupid! We want someone to represent us who will actually do the job, not just court publicity all the time. puddingandpi
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10:41am Thu 24 Nov 11

Charismatic Andrew says...

Discombobulated wrote:
The sooner this self promoting cretin suffers some kind of mouth paralysing disorder, the better off we'll all be.
Sorry, you're going to have to be more specific. Which of the self promoting cretins mentioned in the article are you referring to..... Sally Bercow, Norman Baker or Simon Burgess?
[quote][p][bold]Discombobulated[/bold] wrote: The sooner this self promoting cretin suffers some kind of mouth paralysing disorder, the better off we'll all be.[/p][/quote]Sorry, you're going to have to be more specific. Which of the self promoting cretins mentioned in the article are you referring to..... Sally Bercow, Norman Baker or Simon Burgess? Charismatic Andrew
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11:07am Thu 24 Nov 11

chrisso says...

No thanks. She's even more of a desperate attention-seeker than Katie Price. Actually, no, that's not possible . . .
No thanks. She's even more of a desperate attention-seeker than Katie Price. Actually, no, that's not possible . . . chrisso
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11:57am Thu 24 Nov 11

whereisthe...? says...

the earlier poster was right - she is a self agrandising publicity seeking scum bag. and although that probably does make her representative of Brighton, we don't need any more like her!
the earlier poster was right - she is a self agrandising publicity seeking scum bag. and although that probably does make her representative of Brighton, we don't need any more like her! whereisthe...?
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12:28pm Thu 24 Nov 11

Joshiman says...

London /Brussels living.Why do they want to represent B&H.?We need local Councillors and MPS who understand the city.
London /Brussels living.Why do they want to represent B&H.?We need local Councillors and MPS who understand the city. Joshiman
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12:37pm Thu 24 Nov 11

Seagull Sally1 says...

"If she was chosen I think she would give Simon Kirby a good run for his money.”

She would only want to be an MP to raise her own profile!

Simon Kirby works very hard for his constituents and his roots are in Brighton!

Up the sea gulls!
"If she was chosen I think she would give Simon Kirby a good run for his money.” She would only want to be an MP to raise her own profile! Simon Kirby works very hard for his constituents and his roots are in Brighton! Up the sea gulls! Seagull Sally1
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1:22pm Thu 24 Nov 11

deltaP says...

What with the one we are lumbered with now, Brighton already has enough dozy tart MP's.
What with the one we are lumbered with now, Brighton already has enough dozy tart MP's. deltaP
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1:25pm Thu 24 Nov 11

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Loose cannon.
She gives women in parliament a bad name. People like Shirley Williams, the late Babs Castle, must be horrified at how many years these air brained women have set back the cause of women in politics. Ms Lucas hasn't done much better with some crazy outpourings.
Bring on HRT.
Loose cannon. She gives women in parliament a bad name. People like Shirley Williams, the late Babs Castle, must be horrified at how many years these air brained women have set back the cause of women in politics. Ms Lucas hasn't done much better with some crazy outpourings. Bring on HRT. Maxwell's Ghost
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1:43pm Thu 24 Nov 11

PorkBoat says...

No.
No. PorkBoat
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1:54pm Thu 24 Nov 11

Angryoldman says...

What has this publicity hungry embarrassment got to do with Kemptown? Nothing?
What next. Kerry Katona standing for Whitehawk?
What has this publicity hungry embarrassment got to do with Kemptown? Nothing? What next. Kerry Katona standing for Whitehawk? Angryoldman
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3:15pm Thu 24 Nov 11

Thumper Hove says...

Angryoldman wrote:
What has this publicity hungry embarrassment got to do with Kemptown? Nothing?
What next. Kerry Katona standing for Whitehawk?
If Katona stood as a Green Party member she probably would get in......after all if loony Lucas can then anyone can!

Its a shame Bercow isn't interested in standing against Lucas, it needs someone with a high profile, and Lucas has proved you don't need to live anywhere near Brighton and sheep will still vote you in!
[quote][p][bold]Angryoldman[/bold] wrote: What has this publicity hungry embarrassment got to do with Kemptown? Nothing? What next. Kerry Katona standing for Whitehawk?[/p][/quote]If Katona stood as a Green Party member she probably would get in......after all if loony Lucas can then anyone can! Its a shame Bercow isn't interested in standing against Lucas, it needs someone with a high profile, and Lucas has proved you don't need to live anywhere near Brighton and sheep will still vote you in! Thumper Hove
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4:08pm Thu 24 Nov 11

RickH says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
Loose cannon. She gives women in parliament a bad name. People like Shirley Williams, the late Babs Castle, must be horrified at how many years these air brained women have set back the cause of women in politics. Ms Lucas hasn't done much better with some crazy outpourings. Bring on HRT.
And I'm sure that Ms Castle and Williams would be as horrified about snide comments regarding HRT as anything else!
[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: Loose cannon. She gives women in parliament a bad name. People like Shirley Williams, the late Babs Castle, must be horrified at how many years these air brained women have set back the cause of women in politics. Ms Lucas hasn't done much better with some crazy outpourings. Bring on HRT.[/p][/quote]And I'm sure that Ms Castle and Williams would be as horrified about snide comments regarding HRT as anything else! RickH
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4:13pm Thu 24 Nov 11

Andre Spooner says...

I for one wish Ms Bercow the best of luck running to seize Kemptown from the hands of Simon Kirby. Just the other day, I was attempting to stack the bins outside my house into a Giant Pyramid to entertain my Mighty Horse whilst he is ill in bed (he ate a bad apple at the Pear Fair) and who should come up my drive but Simon Kirby MP, who informed me that creating such a structure was a Distraction for Passing Motorists, and secondly that the Main Priority of the Coalition Government was creating Bin Satisfaction for the good people of Brighton and Hove. He also informed me that messing around with the Bins was not to be tolerated. Speaking as a colleague of the person who ruined my Mighty Horse's birthday party last year (Ms. Charlotte Vere) I found this most distressing. I have a large degree of respect for bins, recycling boxes and other refuse containers, and the fact that I was creating some kind of Ancient Egyptian Homage to cheer up a sick horse was a CELEBRATION of these items, not an attempt to subvert our city's time honoured tradition of making the dustbin lorries run on time!


Whilst I wish Ms Bercow the best of luck in battling Mr Kirby and Mr Baker (who, incidentally, once served me a sandwich that claimed to be "Ploughman's Lunch" but actually contained a small piece of copper in the shape of an arrow pointing North - I HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN THIS MR BAKER), I can assure you that none of these contenders shall succeed in the struggle to represent Brighton Kemptown, for I, Spooner, shall place my name upon the ballot, and as an Independent Candidate representing all horse-owning citizens who simply require the democratic freedom to dress their Mighty Horse in a Glorious Reflective Suit and ride along the seafront whilst playing the Powerful Trumpet of Spooner without being pelted by maloevelent passers with watermelons, which I can assure you is a painful thing for anyone to experience. Our other major policy will be to ensure that there are a large quantity of seals, walruses and other sea mammals roaming around the Marina Village to provide maritime delights for visitors and residents alike.


A full manifesto will be published in due course, but in the meantime, I advise all readers of this great Argus website to mark my words - Vote often! Vote Spooner! Bravo! Bravo! Spooner rides again!
I for one wish Ms Bercow the best of luck running to seize Kemptown from the hands of Simon Kirby. Just the other day, I was attempting to stack the bins outside my house into a Giant Pyramid to entertain my Mighty Horse whilst he is ill in bed (he ate a bad apple at the Pear Fair) and who should come up my drive but Simon Kirby MP, who informed me that creating such a structure was a Distraction for Passing Motorists, and secondly that the Main Priority of the Coalition Government was creating Bin Satisfaction for the good people of Brighton and Hove. He also informed me that messing around with the Bins was not to be tolerated. Speaking as a colleague of the person who ruined my Mighty Horse's birthday party last year (Ms. Charlotte Vere) I found this most distressing. I have a large degree of respect for bins, recycling boxes and other refuse containers, and the fact that I was creating some kind of Ancient Egyptian Homage to cheer up a sick horse was a CELEBRATION of these items, not an attempt to subvert our city's time honoured tradition of making the dustbin lorries run on time! Whilst I wish Ms Bercow the best of luck in battling Mr Kirby and Mr Baker (who, incidentally, once served me a sandwich that claimed to be "Ploughman's Lunch" but actually contained a small piece of copper in the shape of an arrow pointing North - I HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN THIS MR BAKER), I can assure you that none of these contenders shall succeed in the struggle to represent Brighton Kemptown, for I, Spooner, shall place my name upon the ballot, and as an Independent Candidate representing all horse-owning citizens who simply require the democratic freedom to dress their Mighty Horse in a Glorious Reflective Suit and ride along the seafront whilst playing the Powerful Trumpet of Spooner without being pelted by maloevelent passers with watermelons, which I can assure you is a painful thing for anyone to experience. Our other major policy will be to ensure that there are a large quantity of seals, walruses and other sea mammals roaming around the Marina Village to provide maritime delights for visitors and residents alike. A full manifesto will be published in due course, but in the meantime, I advise all readers of this great Argus website to mark my words - Vote often! Vote Spooner! Bravo! Bravo! Spooner rides again! Andre Spooner
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4:52pm Thu 24 Nov 11

Cass says...

Lucas is enough for any town or city, we don't deserve or need any more interlopers. Council and Mp's should know and live in the area they stand for, so NO, not wanted or needed.
Lucas is enough for any town or city, we don't deserve or need any more interlopers. Council and Mp's should know and live in the area they stand for, so NO, not wanted or needed. Cass
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5:00pm Thu 24 Nov 11

bug eye says...

why is this city attracting these people that think we all want something weird, surely celia barlow booted out last election was a lesson for any city.
why is this city attracting these people that think we all want something weird, surely celia barlow booted out last election was a lesson for any city. bug eye
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5:48pm Thu 24 Nov 11

Telscombe Cliffy says...

Seagull Sally1 wrote:
"If she was chosen I think she would give Simon Kirby a good run for his money.”

She would only want to be an MP to raise her own profile!

Simon Kirby works very hard for his constituents and his roots are in Brighton!

Up the sea gulls!
I agree with you except your last rude remark directed at seagulls. I think if they could speak they would say "Up yours too."
[quote][p][bold]Seagull Sally1[/bold] wrote: "If she was chosen I think she would give Simon Kirby a good run for his money.” She would only want to be an MP to raise her own profile! Simon Kirby works very hard for his constituents and his roots are in Brighton! Up the sea gulls![/p][/quote]I agree with you except your last rude remark directed at seagulls. I think if they could speak they would say "Up yours too." Telscombe Cliffy
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