Speaker in North-East to encourage engagement with Parliament

Press Release: 27 September 2010  

The Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow will be in Newcastle on Wednesday September 29th to look at the issue of public engagement with Parliament.

During the visit on September 29th the Speaker will host a reception to discuss engagement issues, join 100 young people at St James Park for a conference on social inclusion and give a keynote speech to Northumbria University students and staff.

His lecture, entitled Parliament Beyond Westminster: Connecting the House of Commons with the country that is serves, will look at new ways of reuniting Parliament and the public.

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 Newcastle, 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 the North-East please contact House of Commons media officer Laura Kibby tel: 0207 219 0718 e-mail: [email protected]