Speaker of the House calls for more women and minorities in senior positions
The speaker of the House of Commons wants more women and ethnic minorities in higher positions in the house.
John Bercow spoke to members of U3A, at Clarendon Hall, York House, Twickenham on Wednesday, September 26, as part of the Parliamentary Outreach Programme.
Prior to the meeting Mr Bercow spoke to the Richmond and Twickenham Times about his ideas for house reform and what he intended to do within his role as speaker.
He said: “We need a change to the expenses system and to reform the operations of the house.
“We ought to have greater transparency. It shouldn’t just be a committee made up of members of the House of Commons who have a say.
“I would like to see more women and ethnic minorities within the house.
“In terms of staffing of the house we have some, but this is generally in catering and cleaning.”
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Mr Bercow finished by saying: “I don’t agree with being satisfied. I still think there is quite a lot to be done. Being too satisfied can lead to self satisfaction and that can lead to complacency.”
He did add that he thought staff at those did a fantastic job though.
Mr Bercow said he thought U3A was a fantastic network and has given many speeches to other groups under the network’s umbrella around the country.