“Lord” Mandelson should face MPs over his ’empire,’ John Bercow say

Lord Mandelson, the First Secretary of State, should be subjected to regular public interrogations from MPs about his Whitehall “empire”, John Bercow, the Commons Speaker has said.

Mr Bercow said he wanted Lord Mandelson and Lord Adonis, the Transport Secretary, to take part in an “experiment” where peers would appear before the Commons for the first time.

In a speech suggesting to parliamentary procedure, Mr Bercow also suggested that MPs’ long summer recess could be shortened, with the House of Commons sitting in September. “I see no reason why September must be deemed sacred,” he said.

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