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Engagement and facilitating dialogue: have your say

The Speaker’s Advisory Council on Public Engagement (SACPE) provides informal, independent advice from an external perspective to House of Commons Speaker, John Bercow

Their advice focuses on how the House of Commons is perceived by the public and what should be done to restore the trust required between Parliament and the people it represents.

The formation of the Advisory Council was announced by Mr Speaker in a speech to the Hansard Society and Political Studies Association on 30 November 2009.

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Who is on SACPE?

SACPE is chaired by Professor Jonathan Drori. The other members of the Advisory Council are:

  • Sir Keith Ajegbo
  • Richard Allan (Baron Allan of Hallam)
  • Michele Carlisle
  • Clare Hughes
  • Rita Clifton 
  • Nicky Edwards
  • Joanna Mackle 
  • Mike Saunders
  • Simon Walker

Mr Speaker described the members of SACPE as "external figures with stellar careers consisting of anticipating or responding to the needs of the public as citizens, consumers and customers". All members of SACPE are volunteers.

SACPE documents

Letter from the Secretary of State for Education, Rt Hon Nicky Morgan to the Chair of SACPE Professor Jon Drori - January 2015 (pdf 72KB)

Letter from Chair of SACPE to the Secretary of State for Education - January 2015 (pdf 2.1MB) (pdf 2.1MB) (pdf 2.1MB) (pdf 2.1MB) (pdf 2.1MB) (pdf 2.1MB)

Letter from Mr Speaker to the Chair of SACPE Professor Jon Drori - March 2014 (pdf 37KB)

Letter from the Chair of SACPE, Professor Jon Drori to Mr Speaker - July 2013 (pdf 1.3MB) (pdf 1.3MB) (pdf 1.3MB) (pdf 1.3MB) (pdf 1.3MB) (pdf 1.3MB)

Letter from the Secretary of State for Education, the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, to the Chair of the Speaker's Advisory Council, Professor Jonathan Drori - April 2013 (pdf 51KB)

Letter from the Rt Hon Sir Alan Beith MP, Chair of the Liaison Committee, to the Chair of the Speaker's Advisory Council, Professor Jonathan Drori - March 2013 (pdf 151KB)

Letter from the Chair of the Speaker's Advisory Council, Professor Jonathan Drori, to the Rt Hon Sir Alan Beith MP, Chair of the Liaison Committee - January 2013  (pdf 81KB)

Letter from the Mayor of London to the Chair of the Speaker's Advisory Council, Professor Jonathan Drori - November 2012 (pdf 789KB)

Letter from the Leader of Westminster Council to the Chair of the Speaker's Advisory Council, Professor Jonathan Drori - September 2012 (pdf 411KB)

Letter from the Chair of the Speaker's Advisory Council, Professor Jonathan Drori to the Mayor of London and the Leader of Westminster Council - September 2012 (pdf 189KB)

Letter from the Secretary of State for Education, the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, to the Chair of the Speaker’s Advisory Council, Professor Jonathan Drori – July 2012 (pdf 194KB)

Letter from the Chair of the Speaker’s Advisory Council, Professor Jonathan Drori, to the Secretary of State for Education, the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP – June 2012 (pdf 1018KB)

Letter from the Secretary of State for Education, the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, to the Leader of the House, Sir George Young MP – January 2012 (pdf 615KB)

Letter from the Leader of the House, Sir George Young MP, to the Secretary of State for Education, the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP – November 2011 (pdf 1.6MB) (pdf 1.6MB) (pdf 1.6MB) (pdf 1.6MB) (pdf 1.6MB) (pdf 1.6MB)

Speaker's Advisory Council on Public Engagement - Note to Mr Speaker - May 2011 (pdf 144KB)

(pdf 61KB)Response from Mr Speaker to Speaker’s Advisory Council on Public Engagement - May 2011 (pdf 61KB)

Minutes of SACPE meetings

Speaker's Advisory Council on Public Engagement - Minutes of Meeting 27th March 2015 (docx 26KB)

Speaker's Advisory Council on Public Engagement - Minutes of Meeting 13th January 2015 (docx 29KB)

Speaker's Advisory Council on Public Engagement - Minutes of Meeting 10th October 2014

Speaker's Advisory Council on Public Engagement - Minutes of Meeting 13th May 2014 (pdf 226KB)

Speaker's Advisory Council on Public Engagement - Minutes of Meeting 24th January 2014 (pdf 221KB)

Speaker's Advisory Council on Public Engagement - Minutes of Meeting 28th November 2013 (pdf 242KB)

Speaker's Advisory Council on Public Engagement - Minutes of Meeting 19th September 2013 (pdf 222KB)

Speaker's Advisory Council on Public Engagement - Minutes of Meeting 9th July 2013 (pdf 260KB)

Speaker's Advisory Council on Public Engagement - Minutes of Meeting 30 April 2013 (pdf 212KB)

Speaker's Advisory Council on Public Engagement - Minutes of Meeting 25 February 2013 (pdf 235KB) 

Speaker's Advisory Council on Public Engagement - Minutes of Meeting: 12 December 2012 (pdf 205KB)

Speaker's Advisory Council on Public Engagement - Minutes of Meeting: 1 October 2012 (pdf 238KB)

Speaker's Advisory Council on Public Engagement - Minutes of Meeting: 10 July 2012 (pdf 236KB)

Speaker's Advisory Council on Public Engagement - Minutes of Meeting: 16 May 2012 (pdf 225KB)

Speaker’s Advisory Council on Public Engagement - Minutes of Meeting: 25 October 2011 (pdf 272KB)

Speaker’s Advisory Council on Public Engagement - Minutes of Meeting: 29 June 2011 (pdf 206KB)

Speaker’s Advisory Council on Public Engagement - Minutes of Meeting: 28 January 2011 (pdf 30KB)

Speaker’s Advisory Council on Public Engagement - Minutes of Meeting: 02 December 2010 (pdf 34KB)

Speaker’s Advisory Council on Public Engagement - Minutes of Meeting: 30 September 2010 (pdf 44KB)

Speaker’s Advisory Council on Public Engagement - Minutes of Meeting: 15 July 2010 (pdf 42KB)

Speaker’s Advisory Council on Public Engagement - Minutes of Meeting: 26 May 2010 (pdf 53KB)

Speaker’s Advisory Council on Public Engagement - Minutes of Meeting: 16 March 2010 (pdf 42KB)