Speaker visits Woodhouse College

The Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow visited Woodhouse College in Finchley to meet students and discuss the work of Parliament.

Speaker Bercow addressed around one hundred A-level students and then took part in a question and answer session about his role and the parliamentary system.

This is the latest in series of outreach visits by the Speaker to schools and educational establishments around the country. He is keen to use his position to raise awareness of the work of the House of Commons among young people and to hear from students about their views of Parliament.

Speaker Bercow said; "It was a particular pleasure to speak at this College and so encouraging to see the level of political engagement among the students."

Welcoming his visit, the Principal of Woodhouse College Keith Murdoch added: "The Speaker outlined three principle facets of his job, to act as referee and organiser of parliamentary business in the House of Commons, to oversee the running of the Palace of Westminster, and to meet visiting notaries and foreign representatives.

"He then added a self imposed job, to recreate confidence in politicians and the system of Government after the debacle of the expenses controversy last year."

"The main focus of the visit, from the point of view of the students, was a lengthy question and answer session. The questions were wide ranging and frankly answered, proving that the Speaker’s quest for increased transparency was also self inflicted."

"He was sincere in his enthusiasm and willingness to hear their opinions.  The Speaker definitely helped to restore the faith of his audience in the political system."

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Speaker Bercow was elected Speaker of the House of Commons on June 22 2009.

Woodhouse  College is a Sixth Form College situated in Barnet, North London, providing full-time education for students aged 16-19 years.