Order! Order! The Making of a Modern Parliament – Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow
Member of Parliament for Buckingham, John Bercow, was first elected 157th Speaker of the House of Commons in 2009, and was re-elected in the years 2010, 2015 and 2017.
The General Election result and the run up to Brexit, has made the modernisation of Parliament and the House of Commons more important than ever. Mr Speaker, Rt Hon John Bercow, will talk about Speakership in the House of Commons and discuss why he believes that it is imperative to open up the democratic processes in the UK.
As part of his commitment as Speaker to making Parliament more accessible, John has embarked on an extensive outreach programme, travelling across the country to visit schools, universities and community groups to talk about his role and that of Parliament. He was the first Speaker to allow the UK Youth Parliament debate from the House of Commons Chamber, and he chairs the debate. Since his election as Speaker, John has sought to champion the rights of backbenchers, and has ensured Parliamentary Business is dealt with in a timely manner to ensure as many MPs can contribute as possible. In addition, John has granted an unprecedented number of Urgent Questions in order that Parliament discusses the pressing issues of the day.
John is the recipient of four Honorary Degrees, from the University of Buckingham, De Montfort University, City University London and his alma mater, the University of Essex. In 2016, John was awarded the Freedom of the City of London.