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Parliament pays tribute to Bercow as tearful Speaker chairs last PMQs 

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    Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn and Jo Swinson were among the many who thanked John Bercow for his service since 2009. Parliament pays tribute to Bercow as tearful Speaker chairs last PMQs 
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Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn and Jo Swinson were among the many who thanked John Bercow for his service since 2009.

A heated final PMQs before the general election got off to a light-hearted start as Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn each paid joke-filled tribute to outgoing speaker John Bercow. It was the last time the leaders will trade barbs in the weekly session before Parliament is dissolved next Tuesday ahead of the vote on December 12. Mr Bercow announced he will stand down tomorrow and the PM drew laughs from the chamber by jibing he had ‘done more than anyone since Stephen Hawking to stretch time in this particular session’. ‘As we come to the end of what must be the longest retirement since Frank Sinatra, Mr Speaker, I’m sure the whole House will want to join me in thanking you and hoping that you enjoy in your retirement the soothing medicament that you have so often prescribed for the rest of us,’ he added. Labour leader Mr Corbyn similarly quipped: ‘I hope you will indulge me for one moment while I say a word about you – I’m sure you will.’

Tributes poured in for the Speaker of the House of Commons as he held his last PMQs on Wednesday before officially stepping down from his role on Thursday.

Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn and Jo Swinson were among the many who thanked John Bercow for his service since 2009.

A tearful Bercow thanked MPs for the tributes and praised his family for their 'support, stoicism and fortitude’.