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Lawmaker: UK Speaker should quit for criticizing Trump

FILE - A Wednesday, June 4, 2014 file photo of Britain's Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow as he walks through Central Lobby before Britain's Queen Elizabeth II delivered the Queen's Speech at the State Opening of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster in London. The Speaker of Britain's House of Commons says he strongly opposes letting U.S. President Donald Trump address Parliament during a state visit to the U.K. John Bercow said Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, that he would have opposed the invitation even before Trump's temporary ban on citizens of seven majority-Muslim nations from entering the U.S. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, Pool, File)

FILE - A Wednesday, June 4, 2014 file photo of Britain's Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow as he walks through Central Lobby before Britain's Queen Elizabeth II delivered the Queen's Speech at the State Opening of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster in London. The Speaker of Britain's House of Commons says he strongly opposes letting U.S. President Donald Trump address Parliament during a state visit to the U.K. John Bercow said Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, that he would have opposed the invitation even before Trump's temporary ban on citizens of seven majority-Muslim nations from entering the U.S. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, Pool, File)  (The Associated Press)

A British lawmaker is trying to oust the House of Commons Speaker over comments criticizing U.S. President Donald Trump.

Speaker John Bercow said this week that Trump should not be allowed to address Parliament when he pays a state visit to Britain. Bercow cited Trump's migrant ban as well as the U.K.'s "opposition to racism and to sexism."

Bercow's intervention was highly unusual because those in his position are expected to remain above Parliament's partisan fray.

Although Bercow belongs to the governing Conservative Party, he has been criticized by some Conservative lawmakers.

Lawmaker James Duddridge filed a no-confidence motion in Bercow, saying he had "overstepped the mark."

Parliament began a 10-day recess Thursday. Duddridge, currently the only signatory to the motion, hopes to build momentum against Bercow during the school break.