Speaker Bercow in Birmingham

Press Release: 4 October 2010 Speaker Bercow in Birmingham to encourage engagement with Parliament.

The Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow will be in Birmingham on Friday 8th October to meet various groups and school students to look at ways of increasing public interest and engagement with Parliament.

During the visit the Speaker will: 

  • Give a keynote speech to young people aged 14 to 17 about the importance of engaging with the democratic process at a conference on Educating Citizens for a Democratic Society.
  • Visit Percy Shurmer Primary School, in Balsall heath.
  • Speak to Asian women at an event organised by the Saheli Women’s Project, in Moseley.
  • Take part in a round table question and answer session with key figures from the West Midlands Voluntary and Community Sector.

Commenting on the visit Speaker Bercow said: "When I was appointed Speaker I promised to try and re-engage the country with the work of Parliament and that is a process I want to continue with a series of visits around the UK. I am determined to get across that the House of Commons is a vibrant and exciting place that is relevant to the people of the UK no matter where they live.

“During my time in Birmingham, I am keen to meet as wide a range of people as possible, but particularly those who don’t feel engaged with the work that goes on in Parliament. However, I don’t just want to talk about why I think Parliament is important but to find out what people think the House of Commons ought to be doing to make itself more relevant to them.”

For more information about the Speaker’s visit to Birmingham please contact House of Commons media officer Laura Kibby tel: 0207 219 0718 e-mail: kibbyl@parliament.uk

Notes for Editors

As part of the ongoing commitment to increasing public engagement, the House of Parliament is holding a free one-off session in Birmingham on October 29th to show how the public can track and engage with the scrutiny of the forthcoming Localism and Decentralisation Bill.

John Bercow was elected Speaker in June 2009 and re-elected by the House following the general election in May 2010.

Further details about that event can be accessed at: http://birmingham.schooljotter.com/valueseducation

Saheli Women’s project was established to encourage civic participation amongst Asian women in Birmingham.

Parliamentary Outreach has worked extensively with the project over the last 18 months.

www.saheli.co.uk

Regional Action, West Midlands is the network for VCS organisations in the region. www.rawm.org.uk