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Inside UK politics – House of Commons Speaker John Bercow 

Alumnus and Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow

Join us in Nottingham on 9 March

Holding one of the world’s most ancient offices, the 157th Speaker of the House of Commons is anything but traditional. An active reformer, John Bercow’s modernisation of the archaic procedures of this historic institution has helped bring the House back to life. From championing the rights of backbenchers to embarking on an unprecedented outreach programme, his tenure as Speaker is bringing the Commons into the 21st century. Join us this March for an unmissable opportunity to hear John share his insights on the UK political system as part of our exclusive Chancellor’s Lecture Series. 

An ambassador for modern democracy

With 20 years’ experience in key positions at the heart of UK politics, there are few more knowledgeable on life inside Westminster. Starting his political career as MP for Buckingham in 1997, John served in the Shadow Cabinet from 2001 to 2004 before going on to be an instrumental member of a range of Parliamentary groups focusing on issues from the prevention of genocide in Africa to raising awareness of brain tumour research. Elected Speaker of the House of Commons in 2009, his bold and innovative approach to politics has reinvigorated the most iconic of British institutions. 

Joining us the day after the Government delivers its next Budget, John will explore modern democracy in the UK through the roles of the Speaker and Parliament. And in an exciting addition to John’s lecture, he’ll take on the role of quizmaster extraordinaire as Nottingham’s most well-known politicians, including Ken Clarke, take on our brainiest University professors in our own special edition of University Challenge.  

Secure your free tickets to this unmissable event

When: 6 – 8pm, Thursday 9 March 2017
Where: Keighton Auditorium, University Park Campus, Nottingham


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