Bercow acted like ‘arrogant toff’ over parking incident

Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow
Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow
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Commons Speaker John Bercow has been accused of behaving like an “arrogant toff” by a motorist who claims he clipped her parked car.

The row was witnessed by an Evening Standard reporter, who happened to be walking past at the time of the incident.

Nathalie Pulford, 42, was dining in London’s affluent Chelsea neighbourhood when she claims she spotted Mr Bercow bump her car during a parking manoeuvre.

However, Mr Bercow denies touching the car, much less scratching it, as she alleges.

Ms Pulford told the Standard: “I said to him: ‘Don’t you realise you absolutely bashed into my car?’ – he had walloped these cars – and he said ‘No, I didn’t. It wasn’t me’.

“He would not even approach the subject. He was being really haughty, being a completely arrogant toff.”

Ms Pulford said: “I could tell he bumped the car behind him because it moved. And then he bumped my car as well. I only had that car re-sprayed last year and I know every scratch on it and the scratches there now weren’t there before.

“But that’s not the point, it’s the fact he wouldn’t even admit responsibility and apologise whatsoever. He was just very rude about it and talked to me like I was nothing.”

Mr Bercow conceded he was “not the best” driver, but maintains he kept his distance.

“She was clearly very irate, but I totally reject any suggestion the scratches on her car were inflicted by me,” he told the reporter at the scene.

“Am I too arrogant to say sorry? No. I’d be happy to ’fess [sic] up, but the fact is I didn’t touch her car. I’m not the best driver... yes, it was a tight spot, but if I had touched her car I would have felt it.”

Ms Pulford was having dinner at Gaucho in Sloane Avenue with her father, who had just flown in from Texas, and her two sons, the paper reports.

Mr Bercow was on his way to a school charity auction in a nearby church at the time of the incident. Police confirmed the matter had been reported.