Friday, February 14, 2020 - 13:30 Speaker The Right Honourable John Bercow
The Right Honourable John Bercow
Friday, February 14, 2020 - 13:30Speaker
John Bercow was the Speaker of the House of Commons from 2009 through 2019. He was 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. After the Speaker Michael Martin resigned on 22 June 2009, Bercow was elected as the Speaker.
Bercow is the first Jewish Speaker. He is the first Speaker not to wear traditional court robes while presiding over the House of Commons. But, along with tradition, Bercow does now display his coat of arms at Speaker's House.
On 9 September 2019, Bercow told the House of Commons that he would stand down on 31 October, or at the next general election, whichever occurs first. He officially left the office on 4 November 2019.
Friday, February 14, 2020 - 18:00 Speaker Dame Sally Davies
Dame Sally Davies
Friday, February 14, 2020 - 18:00Speaker
Dame Sally Davies served as chief scientific advisor to the Department of Health from 2006-10, before being chosen to be the new Chief Medical Officer for England, a post she held until last September. She was elected Master of Trinity College in 2019, the first woman ever to hold the position.
In the New Year's Honours she was appointed a Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath - the first woman outside the Royal Family ever to have held the post.