Former Speaker of the House, John Bercow will Talk About and Sign his Memoir, Unspeakable
Order, ORDER!! Former Speaker of the House, John Bercow will Talk About and Sign his Memoir, Unspeakable
- Sun Feb 09, 2020 - 15:00
- The Broadway Theatre, Letchworth, SG6 3DD
The son of a north London mini cab driver, Bercow was elected as the MP for Buckingham in 1997, and became the Speaker of the House in 2009. In the last decade, he has presided over one of the most tumultuous periods in parliamentary history, as it has contended with the 2010 coalition government, austerity and Brexit.
Bercow’s prominence during the Brexit debate gave him a profile in the UK and Europe. Beyond the issue of Brexit (which he recently said “is the biggest foreign policy mistake in the postwar period"), he has spoken often about democratising parliament and holding the government to account. His new memoir also promises his verdicts on figures including Tony Blair, David Cameron, Theresa May and Boris Johnson. Join him for a candid conversation about his eventful political career.
John Bercow entered Parliament in 1997 as Conservative MP for Buckingham. He was appointed Shadow Chief Treasury then Work and Pensions Secretary, but resigned to support the Labour Government’s policy to allow unmarried gay and heterosexual couples to adopt. He was later asked by Ed Balls to lead a review of children and families affected by speech, language and communication needs – which resulted in millions of additional funding. Speaker Bercow built a reputation as a reformer. On one level he dispensed with knee breeches, silk stockings and buckled court shoes. More significantly he increased the use of ‘Urgent Questions’ requiring Ministers to make 685 statements on pressing issues, extended the time for PMQs, and replaced the shooting range with a nursery.