John Bercow was elected as the MP for Buckingham in 1997 and became the Speaker of the House in 2009. In the last decade, he has presided over one of the most tumultuous periods in parliamentary history as MPs have contended with the 2010 coalition government, austerity and the European Union membership referendum.
Bercow’s prominence during the Brexit debate gave him a national and European profile. Beyond the issue of Brexit (which he recently said ‘is the biggest foreign policy mistake in the postwar period’), he has spoken often about democratising parliament and holding the government to account. His new memoir Unspeakable includes his verdicts on figures including Tony Blair, David Cameron, Theresa May and Boris Johnson.
Join him for a candid conversation with Andrew Kelly, director of Festival of Ideas, about his eventful political career, and the future of democracy and politics.
A single ticket includes a copy of Unspeakable priced at £18.50 (rrp £20). There is an option to purchase two tickets and one book. Books will be available to purchase on the night at £20.
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