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House of Commons Speaker John Bercow has spoken of his frustration at what he sees as the breakdown of discipline in the mother of parliaments. In a Newsnight interview with Jeremy Paxman to be aired later this week Mr Bercow lamented the lack of respect some politicians appear to have for the heavy burden of responsibility placed upon them by the British electorate. He described how, on one occasion, he was forced to reprimand former Labour leadership hopeful Diane Abbot in the middle of a debate on fishing quotas for chewing gum in parliament. On the same day Lib Dem chairman Simon Hughes was caught passing a note to ex leader Charles Kennedy suggesting that Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Ed Balls had a secret crush on the Home Secretary Theresa May. The next week, following repeated interruptions from Labour MP Jack Straw during a debate on funding for NHS care homes, Mr Bercow ordered the former Foreign Secretary to the front of the house and offered him his chair, inviting the troublemaker to “take the debate yourself if you think you can do better.â€