John Bercow has been Member of Parliament for Buckingham since May 1997, and Speaker of the House of Commons since June 2009.
In 2002, as a Conservative MP, John supported the then government’s Adoption and Children Act, which would allow unmarried gay and heterosexual couples to adopt children, resigning from the Opposition front bench and defying his party’s whip in the process.
As Speaker, John has been committed to increasing diversity, particularly with respect to the representation of LGBTIQ people in the House service. Working closely with ParliOUT – the House’s workplace equality network – and the Diversity and Inclusion team, John has both led and supported efforts to recruit, retain and promote the best people and to be more representative of the society that Members of Parliament serve.
This year, the House of Commons was placed 28th overall in Stonewall’s top 100 employers ranking, jumping 88 spots from last year.
John’s official coat of arms as Speaker has two references to his past and present commitment to LGBTIQ equality: the rainbow flag is represented below his motto – “All Are Equal” – as well as a four upturned pink triangles.
John won Stonewall’s Politician of the Year Award in 2010.