David Lidington grilled on BBC and ITV political shows

Aylesbury MP David Lidington did the political TV rounds yesterday morning, although he didn't always look totally at ease as he was probed by two heavyweight political presenters.

Monday, 13th February 2017, 10:15 am
Updated Wednesday, 1st March 2017, 8:44 am
Aylesbury MP David Lidington is interviewed by the BBC's Andrew Marr

The Leader of the House of Commons appeared with Andrew Marr on BBC1 before he was later interviewed by Robert Peston on ITV.

He was questioned about the big political issues including Brexit, John Bercow’s future and Article 50 during the course of the television appearances.

Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show, Mr Lidington looked uncomfortable as he dodged the question over which way he would vote if a motion of no confidence in current Speaker and Buckingham MP John Bercow’s position was tabled.

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Aylesbury MP David Lidington being interviewed by ITV's Robert Peston

He said: “Had John Bercow’s comments (when he spoke about his voting stance on the EU referendum) been before the referendum I would have had concerns.

“It is important the Government does not get involved in who the Speaker should be.”

He also said that arrangements regarding Donald Trump’s potential visit to the UK were ‘under discussion.’

Mr Lidington later appeared on Peston on Sunday, looking more relaxed and not wearing a tie.

Aylesbury MP David Lidington being interviewed by ITV's Robert Peston

Asked about Article 50, which MPs voted last week to allow the Prime Minister to trigger he said: “It is important to remember the bill only does one thing - give the Prime Minister the power to start negotiations on exiting the EU.”

Mr Lidington was also asked whether he was concerned the House of Lords could try and delay the bill.

He said: “The Lord’s are entitled to scrutinise it and ask questions.

“I hope that the unelected chamber agree with the majority view of the British electorate.

“If all goes to plan, I hope the bill would get royal assent mid-March.”