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A conversation with the Speaker of the House of Commons

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John Bercow MP, the Speaker of the House of Commons, met representatives from local voluntary and community organisations at RAWM earlier this month. The visit was the culmination of a day-long visit to Birmingham which included speaking to young people on the importance of engaging in the democratic process, visting a primary school and meeting Asian women in Moseley.

During his meeting with the voluntary sector the Speaker answered questions on his work and the processes of the House of Commons, providing guidance for local organisations who want to engage with government.

Yvonne Palmer from the Birmingham and Black Country Community Foundation said:

“This was a great opportunity to meet the Speaker who is a really important figure in the House of Commons. His tip to ‘know who to lobby and what to lobby about’ helps us all in the West Midlands voluntary and community sector plan how we get our voice heard by both national and local government. As a region we will have lots of ideas that we will want to develop”.

RAWM CEO, Sharon Palmer MBE, said:

“RAWM was very pleased to host the Speaker’s final visit of his day in Birmingham. It was an opportunity for RAWM and representatives of voluntary organisations and community groups from across the West Midlands to find out about practical ways of influencing the decision-making process in Westminster. The changes in government policy and the current economic climate mean that groups and organisations need to know how to engage with government processes in order to ensure the sector is an integral part of the economic regeneration of the West Midlands.”

Download the report on the Speaker's visit [1.17mB pdf]

View pictures of the visit on RAWM's Flickr site.

Parliamentary Outreach is running a workshop for anyone interested in localism and decentralisation on 29th October.