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The Speaker

Last Orderrrrs!  Speaker John Bercow's career in numbers
By Ed Lowther & Will Dahlgreen BBC Data Journalists

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John Bercow is standing down as Commons Speaker on Thursday after 10 years in the job.

His idiosyncratic turn of phrase and distinctive bellow - as he tries to silence the wall of sound emanating from MPs - has made him something of a cult figure on social media.

His catchphrase, in fact the traditional cry of Commons speakers through the centuries, is "Order!", often elongated and twisted into an extraordinary sound that is all his own.

To mark his retirement, the BBC has analysed 100 years of Hansard - the official Parliamentary record - to discover just how different he was to any previous occupant of the chair.

The first thing we discovered is that he has said "Order!" nearly 14,000 times. But that is just the beginning of the Bercow story in statistics.
He's not called the Speaker for nothing.
We know John Bercow enj…

Sean Scully - CAC Malaga 2019.

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CAC Malaga 2019




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l-r: roger cummiskey, sean scully, una marie boyce, nuala savage at the CAC Malaga Oct 2019.