John Bercow facts for kids
|Speaker of the House of Commons|
22 June 2009
|Preceded by||Michael Martin|
|Shadow Secretary of State for International Development|
6 November 2003 – 23 September 2004
|Preceded by||Caroline Spelman|
|Succeeded by||Alan Duncan|
|Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury|
18 September 2001 – 23 July 2002
|Leader||Iain Duncan Smith|
|Preceded by||Oliver Letwin|
|Succeeded by||Howard Flight|
|Member of Parliament
1 May 1997
|Preceded by||George Walden|
|Born||19 January 1963
Edgware, Middlesex, England
|Political party||Not applicable|
|Spouse(s)||Sally Bercow (née Illman)|
|Alma mater||University of Essex|
John Simon Bercow (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. 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.
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Bercow in Poland in 2010
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