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Key Speeches

A selection of recent speeches made by The Speaker.

Speaker addresses students in Yangon

The Speaker of the House of Commons, Rt Hon John Bercow MP, addresses students in Yangon

Mr Speaker welcomes Mohammed Amal (Kamal) El-Hajji

Mr Speaker welcomes Mr Mohammed Amal (Kamal) El-Hajji appointment as Serjeant at Arms

Mr Speaker welcomes Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi

Mr Speaker gave a short speech welcoming Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, to Parliament

Mr Speaker's speech, President Xi Jinping's address to Parliament

Mr Speaker delivered a welcome speech prior to the President of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping's, address to Parliament

History and workings of Parliament in 800 years of Magna Carta

Mr Speaker delivered a lecture at the British Ambassador’s residence in Japan on 6 August 2015

Representative democracy in a digital age: Fact or fiction?

Mr Speaker addresses Australian Parliament on 30th September 2014

Michael Ryle Memorial Lecture

The Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt Hon John Bercow MP delivers a Michael Ryle Memorial Lecture on Monday 30 June 2014

Mr Speaker's speech to the Policy Exchange

Mr Speaker made a speech to the Policy Exchange on 10 June 2014 to give an up date on the work of the Speaker's Commission on Digital Democracy

Mr Speaker's speech to the Estonian Parliament April 2014

Mr Speaker addresses the Estonian Parliament during his digital democracy fact finding visit

Mr Speaker’s introduction to Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland

8 April 2014 Mr Speaker welcomed the President of Ireland

Mr Speaker's tribute at 'A Commemoration and Celebration of the Life of Nelson Mandela'

Speech by Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, in Westminster Hall on 12 December 2013

Mr Speaker's speech to Hansard Society: Towards a 21st Century Parliament

Mr Speaker delivers a speech to the Hansard Society on designing a Parliament for the 21st Century

Mr Speaker's speech to the Univeristy of Edinburgh

31 October 2013 - What does modern democracy require of parliaments?

Speaker addresses Waikato University

9 August 2013 - Mr Speaker’s speech in New Zealand: Parliaments of the Future

Welcome Address to the Amir of Kuwait

29 November 2012, Queen's Robing Room, Palace of Westminster

The House of Commons - On the Road to Recovery

2 February 2012, University of Birmingham

Speech to Conference of Speakers of G8 Member Countries

9 September 2011 speech to G8 Conference of Speakers in Paris

What does scrutiny mean in 2011?

18 January 2011 Speach to the Institute for Government

Speech to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association

18 September 2010, General Assembly in Nairobi

Connecting the House of Commons with the country

29 September 2010, University of Northumbria

Review of Prime Minister’s Questions

6 July 2010, speech to the Centre for Parliamentary Studies

Speech to Women's Institute conference

2 June 2010, Annual General Meeting

Parliamentary Reform

24 September 2009, speech to Hansard Society

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