Merseyside's Police Commissioner will be among the dignitaries attending today's Roscoe Lecture by the Speaker of the House of Commons the Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP.
Jane Kennedy is among the invited guests to attend the evening event hosted by Liverpool John Moores University at Liverpool's Philharmonic Hall.
John Bercow was elected as the 157th Speaker of the House of Commons on 22 June 2009. Having served as Conservative councillor in the London Borough of Lambeth from 1986 until 1990, Bercow was first elected to Parliament as MP for Buckingham in May 1997 and then re-elected in May 2005 with an increased majority.
His numerous government and shadow cabinet roles include serving as: Front Bench Spokesman for Home Affairs (2000); Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury (2001); Shadow Minister for Work & Pensions (July 2002-November 2002); Shadow Secretary of State for International Development (November 2003-September 2004).
He has been a member of the International Development Select Committee since November 2004 and is co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Burma and vice-Chair of the All Party Groups on the Prevention of Genocide, Africa and Sudan. He is also Secretary of the All Party Group on Human Rights.
In July 2005, John established the All Party Group on Brain Tumours to raise awareness of issues surrounding brain tumour care. In September 2007, he led a review of services for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs, publishing the final report of the Review in July 2008. That same year he was appointed to the Speaker's Conference on Parliamentary Representation, which considered how to address the under-representation of women, ethnic minorities and disabled people in the House of Commons.
The Roscoe Lecture series was founded by Professor Lord David Alton of Liverpool in November 1997 to provide an open platform for debate on topics of public interest.
Today, the Roscoe lectures are one of Britain’s largest public lecture series and regularly attract audiences of over 800 people to talks in some of the City of Liverpool’s greatest buildings – including the magnificent St. George’s Hall.
Since 1997, the University has hosted over 120 lectures encompassing a variety of themes, subjects and viewpoints that make the Roscoe Lectures a symbol of plurality and respect for difference. The lectures are named after William Roscoe, best known for his trenchant opposition to slavery, but also a passionate advocate for education for all and one of the founders of the small college that evolved into Liverpool John Moores University.
The series has attracted a range of eminent and distinguished speakers including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, HRH Prince of Wales, The Presidents of Ireland and Ghana, and LJMU’s Chancellor, Lord Justice Sir Brian Leveson.
Tickets to the lecture are free, but must be booked in advance here.
Find out more about the Roscoe Lecture Series here.