John Bercow

British politician and Speaker of the House of Commons (born 1963)

John Simon Bercow MP (/ˈbɜːkəʊ/; born 19 January 1963) is a British politician who was Speaker of the House of Commons from 2009 until 2019.

Bercow in 2018


2009 - 2019Edit

  • Order! [1]
    • Said by Bercow on a daily basis as speaker of the House of Commons and more than 14,000 times throughout his tenure


  • You need to write out a thousand times, "I will behave myself at Prime Minister’s Questions".
  • You are an incorrigible delinquent at times. Behave yourself, man! [2]


  • It’s a point so blindingly obvious that only an extraordinarily clever and sophisticated person could fail to grasp it.
    • During a May 2016 debate in the House of Commons.
    • Compare: A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.


  • At the 2017 election, I promised my wife and children that it would be my last. This is a pledge I intend to keep. If the House votes tonight for an early general election, my tenure as Speaker and MP will end when this Parliament ends. If the House does not so vote, I have concluded that the least disruptive and most democratic course of action would be for me to stand down at the close of business of Thursday, October the 31st. Least disruptive because that date will fall shortly after the votes on the Queen's Speech expected on 21st and 22nd October. The week also after that may be quite lively and it would be best to have an experienced figure in the chair for that short period.
  • They are entitled to their opinion, but they suffer from the notable disadvantage of being completely wrong.[3]
    • Addressing the House of Commons shortly after announcing his resignation as speaker


  • Well I'm sure he's got a great many merits, but thus far they've been fairly effectively concealed from public view.[4]
    • Said in response to being asked about his opinion of former Prime Minister David Cameron

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