Speaker of the House of Commons to share insights at University of Leicester

Posted by ew205 at Oct 24, 2017 11:00 AM |
Rt Hon John Bercow MP will visit the University of Leicester to speak to students and staff on 27 October

The University of Leicester will welcome Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow MP to its campus on Friday 27 October where he will share his unique insight into the workings of Parliament with students and staff.

The Rt Hon. John Bercow MP is visiting the University of Leicester to deliver a seminar for its national ‘Parliamentary Studies’ module, the result of an academic connection established between the University and Parliament.

A selection of students will have the opportunity to hear directly from and question Mr Speaker, who has a unique insight into the way the Commons works, and how it has been reformed over time. Mr Speaker will share his experience and expertise in a manner that will not only facilitate a better understanding of Parliament, but of UK politics in a wider sense.

Following this, he will give a lecture to a University audience entitled “The Making of a Modern Parliament”. Please note that this lecture is not open to the public.

The University of Leicester currently offers the optional ‘Parliamentary Studies’ module to final year undergraduates studying in the School of History, Politics and International Relations. It is available to students studying Politics, International Relations, History and Politics, Contemporary History, Politics and Economics and Law with Politics.

The module is only available at 20 universities throughout the UK, all of which had to apply through a competitive process.

Approved and co-taught by the Houses of Parliament, and having the support of both the Speakers of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, it provides the optimal insight into politics for students who are considering pursuing a career in the field.

Dr Richard Whitaker from the University of Leicester School of History, Politics and International Relations, said: “We are delighted to be hosting Mr Speaker at the University of Leicester. I know that my Parliamentary Studies students are eagerly anticipating his visit and the chance to question him about how Parliament really works.”

Professor Paul Boyle, President and Vice-Chancellor, said: “Our students and staff have a rare opportunity to hear from the Speaker of the House of Commons, a figure with an unrivalled perspective on modern-day politics, thanks to the invaluable link between Parliament and our School of History, Politics and International Relations. John Bercow MP’s impressive career has involved him in some of the most fascinating political events of recent times and we look forward to welcoming him to our campus.”

John Bercow’s political career began in a University setting in 1986, when he served as National Chairman of the Federation of Conservative Students. In 1987, he was appointed as Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Collegiate Forum to head the campaign for student support in the run-up to the 1987 general election.

Mr Bercow has held a number of esteemed Parliamentary posts in the years that followed, including ‘Front Bench Spokesman for Education & Employment’, ‘Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury’, ‘Shadow Minister For Work & Pensions’ and ‘Shadow Secretary of State for International Development’.

He was elected as the 157th Speaker of the House of Commons on 22 June 2009.

Mr Bercow has also been recognised for his commitment to equality- winning the Stonewall award for Politician of the Year in 2010 for his work to support the LGBTQ community.

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