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Who is John Bercow?

John Bercow (born 19 January 1963) is a British politician who was Speaker of the House of Commons from 2009 to 2019, and Member of Parliament (MP) for Buckingham between 1997 and 2019.

A member of the Conservative Party prior to becoming Speaker, he was the first MP since Selwyn Lloyd in 1971 to be elected Speaker without having been a Deputy Speaker.

After resigning as Speaker in 2019 and opting not to seek re-election as MP for Buckingham in the 2019 general election, Bercow left Parliament. In 2021, he joined the Labour Party but was suspended in 2022.

John Bercow Suspended By Labour After Investigation Found Him To Be A “Serial Bully”

John Bercow Suspended By Labour After Investigation Found Him To Be A “Serial Bully”
John Bercow Suspended By Labour After Investigation Found Him To Be A “Serial Bully”

The former Commons speaker John Bercow has been suspended from the Labour Party after he was found to be a “serial bully”.

An investigation by Parliament’s Independent Expert Panel published on Tuesday upheld 21 separate allegations against the ex-MP.

Bercow is now understood to have been administratively suspended pending an investigation by Labour, having joined the party last year.

Originally elected as a Conservative MP, he became speaker in 2009, serving in the role for a decade before leaving Parliament in 2019.

But since then he has faced numerous allegations by three former House staff relating to incidents that took place between 2009 and 2014.

One complainant claimed the former Speaker “shouted and mimicked” his employees, while another said the MP often displayed “threatening conduct” and “undermining behaviour”.

A third former staff member claimed that the Speaker had subjected them to a “sustained course of conduct.. that involved repeated unfounded criticism of the complainant” which included “derogatory inferences about [his] upbringing and background”.

John Bercow Biography, Wiki

Bercow was born in Edgware, Middlesex, the son of Brenda (Bailey) and Charles Bercow, a taxi driver. His father was born to a Jewish family and his mother converted to Judaism. His paternal grandparents were Jews who arrived in Britain from Romania in the early 20th century. Having settled in the UK, the family anglicised its surname from Berkowitz to Bercow.

 Bercow attended Frith Manor Primary School in Woodside Park, and Finchley Manorhill, a large comprehensive school in North Finchley. In his youth, Bercow had been a successful junior tennis player, but was too short to go professional. In 1975 he appeared on the UK children’s television series Crackerjack!.

Bercow graduated with a first-class honours degree in government from the University of Essex in 1985. Anthony King, a professor at the university, has said about Bercow that “When he was a student here, he was very right-wing, pretty stroppy, and very good. He was an outstanding student.” 

As a young activist, Bercow was a member of the right-wing Conservative Monday Club. He stood as a candidate for the club’s national executive in 1981 with a manifesto calling for a programme of “assisted repatriation” of immigrants and became secretary of its immigration and repatriation committee. 

However, at the age of 20 he left the club, citing the views of many of the club’s members as his reason, and has since then called his participation in the club “utter madness” and dismissed his views from that period as “boneheaded”.

John Bercow Biography Wikipedia
John Bercow
BornJohn Simon Bercow
19 January 1963 (age 59)
Edgware, Middlesex, England
Political partyLabour (2021–2022)(Suspended)
Other political
affiliations
Speaker (2009–2019)Conservative (1980–2009)
Spouse(s)Sally Illman ​(m. 2002)​
Children3
Alma materUniversity of Essex (BA)

John Bercow Career

John Bercow, a Conservative candidate, was elected a Member of Lambeth London Borough Council for St Leonard’s ward in 1986 and served the position till 1990. He was inducted the youngest deputy group leader in the UK in 1987.

John Bercow became a special adviser to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Jonathan Aitken in 1995 and following the latter’s resignation, Bercow became a special adviser to the Secretary of State for National Heritage, Virginia Bottomley.

Meanwhile, he unsuccessfully contested as a Conservative candidate during the 1987 and 1992 general elections from Motherwell South and Bristol South respectively before being elected from Buckingham during the 1997 general election.

He assumed office as Member of Parliament for Buckingham on May 1 that year and was re-elected at 2001, 2005, 2010, 2015 and 2017 general elections thus holding the position for over two decades till November 4, 2019.

In June 1999, John Bercow became a frontbench spokesman for Education and Employment and in July the following year, he became a frontbench spokesman for Home Affairs. Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith then promoted Bercow to the Shadow Cabinet in 2001 where he served as Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury under Smith from September 18 that year till July 23, 2002.

In November 2002, Bercow resigned from the front bench protesting his party’s opposition and showing his support for the Labour government introduced Adoption and Children Act that would permit unmarried gay and heterosexual couples to adopt children.

He returned a year later and served as Shadow Secretary of State for International Development under Michael Howard from November 10, 2003, till he was dismissed from the Shadow Cabinet on September 8, 2004.

After returning to the backbenches till the time he became Speaker in 2009, Bercow served on the International Development Select Committee and visited several nations including South Africa, Burma, Sudan, Zimbabwe, and Sierra Leone.

He received the Channel Four/Hansard Society Political Award for Opposition MP of the Year in 2005. He became a patron of the Tory Reform Group in 2006. His work to support equality for gay, lesbian, and bisexual people later led him to receive the Stonewall award for Politician of the Year in 2010.

Initially John Bercow was strongly involved with the right-wing faction of Conservative Party, however with time his views shifted. Speculations did the rounds that he would defect to the Labour Party. In September 2007 he accepted an offer of Prime Minister Gordon Brown to lead a review of services for children and young people with speech, language and communication special needs.

This led to the Bercow Report following which the government pledged an additional £52 million for those services. It was later confirmed by Conservative Party chairman, Caroline Spelman, that Bercow accepted the advisory post with consent of the Conservative Party.

When Michael Martin resigned as Speaker in June 2009 amidst the parliamentary expenses scandal, Bercow ran in the 2009 election of the Speaker of the House of Commons that took place on June 22 that year. Bercow was elected as the new speaker following three rounds of voting.

With this, he became the first Speaker who is Jewish as also the first one who was elected by an exhaustive ballot. He also emerged as the first Speaker who refrained from wearing the traditional court robes while presiding over the House of Commons. He however displayed his coat of arms at Speaker’s House in accordance with tradition.

He was re-elected as Speaker unopposed in 2010, 2015 and 2017 and with this Bercow became the first Speaker since the Second World War who was elected four times and who served alongside four Prime Ministers.

While debates on Brexit and parliament being prorogued were on full swing, Bercow declared to the House of Commons on September 9, 2019, that he would step down as Speaker on October 31, 2019 or at the next general election.

He held the post until he was inducted as Steward and Bailiff of the Manor of Northstead by Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid on November 4, 2019. He became the longest-serving Speaker after Edward FitzRoy, who served for almost 15 years.

John Bercow FAQ’s

Who is John Bercow?

John Simon Bercow (born 19 January 1963) is a British politician who was Speaker of the House of Commons from 2009 to 2019, and Member of Parliament (MP) for Buckingham between 1997 and 2019.

What happened to John Bercow?

The former Commons speaker John Bercow has been suspended from the Labour Party after he was found to be a “serial bully”.

How old is John Bercow?

John Bercow is currently 58 years old.

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