#Fail! Shameless Sally Bercow humilates Speaker husband again with Tweets about champagne-fuelled wedding anniversary that went flat when he fell asleep at crucial moment
08:23 GMT, 10 December 2012
Speaker John Bercow and wife Sally celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary on Friday night like any other happy couple – with a champagne toast.
But to judge from Mrs Bercow’s tweet at 2am on Saturday, the bubbles soon went flat. And the fizz turned to ‘zzzz’ for the usually energetic Speaker.
‘I am not usually this manic on wedding anniversaries Twitter. But a) 10th anni b) had champagne c) romantic Mr B has now conked,’ wrote Mrs Bercow, signing off with a cryptic ‘#fail’ – leaving her 62,000 followers to work out what she could have meant.
Let-down: Sally Bercow took to Twitter to vent her disappointment that husband John had fallen asleep
In response to Mrs Bercow’s message, one of her Twitter followers wrote: ‘My husband conked out in the middle of an *ahem* romantic evening on holiday in Yorkshire. I mean RIGHT in the middle . . .’
Mrs Bercow replied: ‘!!!! Men such a disappointment sometimes – lol :)’
Perhaps it is not surprising that Mrs Bercow was feeling deflated – The Mail on Sunday understands she has been told she must pay 25,000 compensation for falsely linking Tory peer Lord McAlpine to child sex abuse claims.
Embarrassing: Sally Bercow told her 62,000 Twitter followers that her tenth wedding anniversary had fizzled out when husband John 'conked'
Friends of the couple say the McAlpine
lawsuit has led to renewed strain on Mrs Bercow – and her marriage.
they are worried that it is one of the reasons she has been seen
drinking in Commons bars.
Three years ago Mrs Bercow admitted she used to be a ‘binge drinker’ and sometimes got through two bottles of wine a day.
Controversy: Sally Bercow is to pay 25,000 compensation for falsely linking Tory peer Lord McAlpine to child sex abuse claims in a previous Tweet
‘I would drink wine for lunch, then
go out and drink a bottle in the evening.
'I had no stop button. I would
end up falling off a bar stool,’ she said in an interview, adding that
she gave up drinking in October 2001 and had ‘never touched’ a drop
since, covering the entire period of her marriage.
on more than one occasion in recent weeks she has been spotted drinking
champagne with friends until late in the evening.
During one session, two weeks ago, she confided in a fellow drinker of her worries about her marriage and her fear that Lord McAlpine would try to force her to pay a large sum because of her celebrity status.
‘She was very concerned about whether she could afford to meet his financial demands,’ said one of those present in the bar.
The peer’s legal team swung into action after she helped to fan furious speculation on the internet about the identity of an unnamed ‘Eighties Tory politician’ cited in a disastrous BBC Newsnight programme investigation into a child sex ring.
Fatally, Mrs Bercow was prompted to tweet: ‘Why is Lord McAlpine trending *Innocent face*.’
Lawyers for the ex-party Treasurer, who has received a 185,000 payout from the BBC and 125,000 from ITV for a related gaffe, said they wanted to make an example of Mrs Bercow and other public figures who had taken part in the ‘trial by Twitter’.
As the pressure has mounted over the case, Mrs Bercow has posted a series of messages on Twitter which hint at her increasingly louche lifestyle. They have included – to a female friend – ‘Honey!!! How are you! Ibiza clubbing soon Xx’.
The following day, she wrote: ‘Friend arrived with wine!’, before saying ‘goodnight’ to Twitter. And earlier this week, after hailing her husband for receiving a political award, she asked: ‘An excuse to swap mug of Lemsip 4 glass of bubbly’
Many of the messages are sent late at night – as on Thursday evening, when she posted seven tweets between the hours of 11pm and 1pm, including vitriolic attacks on BBC presenter Andrew Neil which were littered with swear words.
Last night Lord McAlpine’s lawyer, Andrew Reid, would not comment on the size of the settlement they have demanded, saying only: ‘We do not litigate via the press.’ Mrs Bercow failed to respond to messages and a spokesman for Mr Bercow declined to comment.