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John Bercow

this afternoon (sunday 15th), 5.40-5.55pm, on bbc radio 4 (repeated from 5.45am and from 7.00pm yesterday)

john bercow (presented by mark coles) (in the profile series)

“The life story of Commons Speaker John Bercow

He has announced he will stand down at the end of October after ten highly controversial years in the job. In turbulent political times, he’s proved to be a polarizing figure. For some, he is the backbencher’s champion – the most modernising Speaker in parliament’s history. Others accuse him of bias, and deliberately trying to stop Brexit.

Mark Coles talks to friends, colleagues and critics of Speaker Bercow – hearing about his long political journey which started on the far right – and how he wooed his now wife with feats of rhetoric. And with his thunderous shouts of ‘Order Order’ now mimicked and memed around the world, we hear how for some, he has become an unlikely social media superstar.”

(if you miss it, available at

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