"Human Rights and Human Wrongs" lecture by Right Honourable John Bercow MP

The annual Amnesty International Pride Lecture was held in the Europa Hotel on Thursday 14th July, 2013 at 7.30pm.

As Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt Hon John Bercow has taken on the external roles of being an ambassador for Parliament and an advocate for democratic politics. A frequent speaker around the world , last night’s delivery of the annual Amnesty international  lecture at Belfast Pride was his third visit to the city. On his previous trip to the PSA 2012 conference he asked what a 21st century parliament should look like?

John Bercow William Crawley Grainne TeggartIn his  speech entitled Human Rights and Human Wrongs the 157th Commons Speaker explained why he felt the Speaker should also be a champion of equality and human rights.

Verbose, fond of word play and a little reminiscent of a loquacious Russell Brand, John Bercow was entertaining as well as informative as he delivered  his lecture  to an audience of over a hundred and answered  their questions  in the Europa Hotel exhibition hall. He was glad to be back in Belfast, though admitted “visiting politicians are scarcely a novelty in Northern Ireland this year”.

 

(Article taken from Slugger O’Toole Blog )

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