The Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt Hon John Bercow MP, visited the University of Wolverhampton to tour its research facilities and to present a guest lecture.
His visit began with a tour of the University’s brain tumour research facilities within the £25m Rosalind Franklin Building.
He then presented a lecture, titled ‘The Making of a Modern Parliament’, to staff and students in the historic Chancellor’s Hall, which recently hosted BBC One’s Question Time.
Professor John Darling, Director of Healthcare and Medical Research and a leading expert in brain tumour research, said: “We were delighted to welcome such a high profile figure as The Rt Hon John Bercow MP to the University of Wolverhampton.
“Having attended meetings at Whitehall with Professor of Neuro-oncology Tracy Warr, John Bercow is aware of the University’s brain tumour research and we were keen to showcase our excellent facilities and highlight the need for further funding for this important area.”
The Rt Hon John Bercow MP was elected as Member of Parliament for Buckingham in May 1997 and became the 157th Speaker of the House of Commons in June 2009.
He became a Conservative councillor in the London Borough of Lambeth in 1986 (until 1990) and serving from 1987 to 1989 as deputy leader of the 21 strong Conservative Opposition Group.
His roles from 1999 – 2004 included Front Bench Spokesman for Education and Employment; Front Bench Spokesman for Home Affairs; Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury; Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions and Shadow Secretary of State for International Development.
He has been a member of the International Development Select Committee since November 2004. In July 2005, John established the All Party Group on Brain Tumours to raise awareness of issues surrounding brain tumour care.
John was elected as the 157th Speaker of the House of Commons on 22nd June 2009.