Rt. Hon. John Bercow speaks to the L&H
Next Friday the Literary & Historical Society will welcome the Right Honourable John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons and Member of Parliament for Buckingham to receive the James Joyce Award.
As Speaker of the House, John Bercow is best known for having the unenviable job of bringing order to the raucous and ungovernable institution that is the British Parliament. Anyone who has seen footage of Westminster in action will recognise Mr Bercow's booming voice and his fearless scolding of unruly politicians.
Prior to his appointment as Speaker of the House in 2009, Bercow was notable for sticking to his conscience: despite being Conservative MP for Buckingham, he voted against the party on many occasions, even sacrificing his position in the Shadow Cabinet in 2002 to vote with the Labour government in favour of gay adoption. Bercow's adherence to liberal causes has led to him being seen as something of a thorn in the side of the Conservative establishment.
In his tenure as Speaker, he has pursued parliamentary reform, and has set out to be the "backbenchers' champion", ensuring that cabinet ministers are regularly called to the House of Commons to answer urgent questions, even when those same ministers are trying to oust him from his position.
Mr. Bercow will be on hand to answer all your urgent questions after the address, so don't miss this opportunity to hear one of Britain's most important public figures! Arrive early to avoid disappointment.
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