John Bercow

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The Right Honourable
John Bercow
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Speaker of the House of Commons
Assumed office
22 June 2009
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by Michael Martin, Baron Martin of Springburn
Shadow Secretary of State for International Development
In office
6 November 2003 – 23 September 2004
Leader Michael Howard
Preceded by Caroline Spelman
Succeeded by Alan Duncan
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
In office
18 September 2001 – 23 July 2002
Leader Iain Duncan Smith
Preceded by Oliver Letwin
Succeeded by Howard Flight
Member of Parliament
for Buckingham
Assumed office
1 May 1997
Preceded by George Walden
Majority 12,529 (25.9%)
Personal details
Born (1963-01-19) 19 January 1963 (age 55)
Edgware, Middlesex, England
Nationality British
Political party Not applicable
Other political
Conservative (1986–2009)
Spouse(s) Sally Bercow (née Illman)
Children Oliver
Residence London
Alma mater University of Essex[1]
Religion Judaism[2]

John Simon Bercow (surname pronounce BER-COE;born 19 January 1963 in Edgware, Middlesex, England) is a British politician who is the Speaker of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom. He is the Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency of Buckingham.

John Bercow was active in the Conservative Party from a young age and was a Conservative councillor, for Lambeth, from 1986 to 1990. He stood as a candidate to become an MP at the 1987 and 1992 General Elections but was not successful. At the 1997 General Election, Bercow was elected the Conservative MP for Buckingham. He served in the shadow cabinets of Iain Duncan Smith and Michael Howard.[3] After the Speaker Michael Martin resigned on 22 June 2009, Bercow was elected as the Speaker.[4]

Bercow is the first Jewish Speaker.[5] He is the first Speaker not to wear traditional court robes while presiding over the House of Commons.[6] But, along with tradition, Bercow does now display his coat of arms at Speaker's House.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Essex graduate new speaker, Colchester Campus, Government, 23 June 2009". University of Essex. 23 June 2009. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  2. Elgot, Jessica. "New Jewish ministers and the Miliband rivalry". The Jewish Chronicle.
  3. Bercow Says He's Relieved to Quit U.K. Conservatives, 26 June 2009
  4. "Election of the Speaker". 21 April 2010. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  5. "British lawmakers elect first Jewish speaker". JTA. 23 June 2009. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  6. Webster, Philip (24 June 2009). "Farewell to tights as new Speaker John Bercow presides over Commons". The Times. Retrieved 6 May 2010.
  7. Speaker Bercow's coat of arms