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John Bercow in conversation with Steve Richards

The Politics Festival 2017
Spoken Word / Friday, 23 June 2017 - 7:00pm / Hall One
£29.50 – £14.50 | Savers £9.50*

The Speaker of the Commons, John Bercow, opens The Politics Festival. He will be in conversation with the political commentator and host of Rock‘n’Roll Politics, Steve Richards. There will also be a chance for the audience to ask questions.

John Bercow has sought to make the Commons more topical and accessible. He has called many more ‘Urgent Questions’, which means ministers are called to the Commons to respond to topical events, widely viewed as a radical reform.

Why did he choose to be a Speaker rather than pursue a party political career? How much further does the Commons need to modernise? How does he explain the high levels of mistrust in politicians? The Speaker of the Commons sets the scene for a weekend of politics at Kings Place. 


John Bercow has been Speaker of the Commons since June 2009. Prior to his election to Speaker, he was a member of the Conservative Party and served as the MP for Buckingham before being promoted to the shadow cabinet in 2001. In 2014, he was appointed chancellor of the University of Bedfordshire. 

Steve Richards is an award-winning political commentator and broadcaster. He has written columns for the Guardian, Independent, New Statesman, Spectator and Times. He presents Radio 4’s A Week in Westminster and is a panellist on BBC 1’s Sunday Politics. His one-man show Rock‘n’Roll Politics is a regular event at Kings Place and the Edinburgh Festival. He has presented BBC series on Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron. His latest series for the BBC, Reflections on Leadership, took the form of six ad libbed talks on modern Prime Ministers and is available on the BBC iplayer. His latest book The Rise of the Outsiders is published by Atlantic in June.

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