John Bercow

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John Bercow

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Speaker of the House of Commons
Assumed office
22 June 2009
MonarchElizabeth II
Preceded byMichael Martin, Baron Martin of Springburn
Shadow Secretary of State for International Development
In office
6 November 2003 – 23 September 2004
LeaderMichael Howard
Preceded byCaroline Spelman
Succeeded byAlan Duncan
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
In office
18 September 2001 – 23 July 2002
LeaderIain Duncan Smith
Preceded byOliver Letwin
Succeeded byHoward Flight
Member of Parliament
for Buckingham
Assumed office
1 May 1997
Preceded byGeorge Walden
Majority12,529 (25.9%)
Personal details
Born (1963-01-19) 19 January 1963 (age 56)
Edgware, Middlesex, England
NationalityBritish
Political partyNot applicable
Other political
affiliations
Conservative (1986–2009)
Spouse(s)Sally Bercow (née Illman)
ChildrenOliver
Freddie
Jemima
ResidenceLondon
Alma materUniversity of Essex[1]

John Simon Bercow (surname pronounce BER-COE; born 19 January 1963) 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.[2] After the Speaker Michael Martin resigned on 22 June 2009, Bercow was elected as the Speaker.[3]

Bercow is the first Jewish Speaker.[4] He is the first Speaker not to wear traditional court robes while presiding over the House of Commons.[5] But, along with tradition, Bercow does now display his coat of arms at Speaker's House.[6]

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. Bercow Says He's Relieved to Quit U.K. Conservatives bloomberg.com, 26 June 2009
  3. "Election of the Speaker". News.parliament.uk. 21 April 2010. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  4. "British lawmakers elect first Jewish speaker". JTA. 23 June 2009. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  5. Webster, Philip (24 June 2009). "Farewell to tights as new Speaker John Bercow presides over Commons". The Times. Retrieved 6 May 2010.
  6. Speaker Bercow's coat of arms