Location: The Athenaeum Club, 107 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5ER
Date(s): Mon 02 July - Mon 02 July
Time: 6:30 - 8:30
We are thrilled to announce that our speaker series Lucy in London is back by popular demand.
On Monday 2 July 2018, the Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow will talk about his historic role in parliament, at The Athenaeum Club (107 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5ER). The talk will begin at 6:30pm and will include a Q&A session. Tickets are available to all members of the Lucy community and their guests. Tickets cost £12.50 each and include a glass of wine or soft drink. We hope you can make it!
On 22 June 2009 John Bercow was elected 157th Speaker of the House of Commons.
A former national Chairman of the Federation of Conservative Students and London Borough Councillor, he was elected Member of Parliament for Buckingham in May 1997 as a Conservative, serving on the front benches as spokesman for Education & Employment and Home Affairs.
He was appointed Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury in 2001 then Shadow Minister for Work & Pensions in 2002 and from 2003 to 2004 as Shadow Secretary of State for International Development.
He then became a member of the International Development Select Committee and served as co-Chair of the All party Parliamentary group on Burma, vice-Chair of the APG on the prevention of genocide, Africa and Sudan. He was Secretary of the All Party group on Human Rights and established the All Party group on Brain Tumours.
In September 2007 he was appointed by the Government to lead a review of services for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs.
Appointed to the Speaker’s Conference on Parliamentary Representation in November 2008 he became Chair of the Conference on becoming Speaker.
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, the University of Leicester, City University London and his alma mater, the University of Essex. In 2012, John was named Politician of the Year by the Political Studies Association.
In his spare time, John enjoys watching Arsenal as well as watching – and playing – tennis. In 2013, John’s book, Tennis Maestros: the twenty greatest male tennis players of all time, was published by Biteback Publishing.
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