A NEW season of Insights public lectures starts next month in the region with Rt Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons, talking about modern democracy. Mr Bercow will be at Newcastle University on Thursday, February 1, to talk about his work to improve public understanding of the role and function of the Speaker and the changes he has helped introduce to the House of Commons since he was elected to the role in 2009. His talk takes place 100 years after the 1918 Representation of the People act was passed. Loading article content The Act led to significant changes in the electoral system by extending the right to vote to women aged over 30, an issue that had been the subject of much debate and campaigning for a number of years. Public lectures take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 5.30pm in the Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University. For further details, visit www.ncl.ac.uk/events/public-lectures. … [Read more...] about House of Commons Speaker John Bercow to launch new season of free public lectures
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IN his seven years as Speaker, John Bercow has done much to transform the House of Commons.He has removed some of its more ridiculous and pompous rules and championed the rights of backbenchers to hold ministers to account. But whatever good he might have done, he is now an embarrassment.Donald Trump divides opinion like no other world leader. But it isn’t the Speaker’s job to take sides in that debate.Mr Bercow’s attack on President Trump last week was partisan and political, everything that Mr Speaker should not be.That alone should be enough to put his position in jeopardy.But the revelations this weekend over his protection of disgraced MP Keith Vaz leave huge questions about his personal probity. He barred Tory MP Andrew Bridgen from mentioning the police inquiry into the Leicester East MP in the Commons.He blocked Freedom of Information requests into contact between the Speaker’s office and Mr Vaz.And he accepted tens of thousands of pounds of gifts … [Read more...] about John Bercow has lost the respect he needs to do the job as Speaker in the House of Commons after our Keith Vaz probe
AN MP on maternity leave brought her new bouncing baby into Parliament so she could support triggering Article 50 in the historic Brexit vote.Chloe Smith, MP for Norwich North, was welcomed into the House of Commons by Speaker of the House John Bercow.He shouted: "I say to the honourable lady, don't be sheepish about it! The little baby is welcome to come in. There's no problem."Despite backing Brexit today, the MP was opposed to leaving the EU before June's referendum.Announcing her plans to vote in Parliament today, Mrs Smith wrote on her website: "Brexit is now the central issue of our times."So, I'll be there voting for this crucial Bill to uphold the democratic result of the referendum."I'm grateful to everyone in north Norwich who's let me know their views."Since giving birth to a baby boy in September, the MP has used Shared Parental Leave with her husband Sandy.She plans to fully return to work in Norwich and Parliament at the start of April.Mrs Smith added: "Being a … [Read more...] about Brexit-backing MP Chloe Smith welcomed into the House of Commons with her BABY to vote on triggering Article 50
PAUL Ryan is the current Republican Speaker of the US House of Representatives.It was widely predicted that he was unlikely to retain his position as the 54th speaker after Donald Trump's huge victory over Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton.He said he will seek re-election, but as it seems he will not need to, as a spokesman confirmed he will remain in the position.Making his first public comments since Trump’s upset victory, Ryan himself said: “We had great conversations about how we would work together on the transition.”Ryan has been speaker for a year after his predecessor, John Boehner, retired.He has a bachelor's degree in economics and political science from Miami University.He was first elected to the House in 1998 as the second youngest member.Since then he has been re-elected eight times and never received less than 55 per cent of the vote.Usually speakers run for two year terms.The 46-year-old from Janesville, Wisconsin was his party's 2012 vice … [Read more...] about Who is Paul Ryan and will he remain Speaker of the House now Donald Trump is President?
JOHN Bercow was re-elected following the 2017 general election as the Speaker of the House of Commons and has now been in the job for almost nine years. Now he faces allegations he bullied staff at the Houses of Parliament. Here's everything you need to know about him. Who is John Bercow? John Bercow, 55, grew up in Finchley, North London, where his local MP was Margaret Thatcher. He was a youth tennis champion once ranked number one in Britain, but his asthma and short stature stopped him pursuing a professional career. As a student activist in the far-right Monday Club, Bercow was in favour of a program of "assisted repatriation" of immigrants. He has since distanced himself from the organisation and dismissed his views at the time as "bone headed". Bercow worked in banking and lobbying and ran a speaking and campaigning course that trained future Tory MPs. He was himself elected as a Conservative councillor in the London Borough of Lambeth im 1986 and 11 years later secured the safe … [Read more...] about Who is John Bercow, how long has he been Speaker of the House of Commons and how did he get the job?