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Speaker John Bercow's portrait reviewed by Brian Sewell

Brian Sewell said the Speaker looked like "some bloke dug up from Essex" in the publicly-funded art work for his home in the Palace of Westminster.

The art critic said it was a "pretty poor painting for £37,000" and he was not impressed with the pose of John Bercow.

The Speaker has also been given a coat of arms with a ladder representing his rise as the son of a taxi driver; balls for his love of tennis - one each for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland - with the rainbow symbol of equality and pink triangles for his support of gay rights.

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  • 30 Nov 2011
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