Speaker of the House of Commons given honorary degree by Finsbury university

Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow Pic: PA

Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow Pic: PA - Credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images

The speaker of the House of Commons has been handed an honorary degree by a Finsbury college.

John Bercow MP, who keeps unruly ministers in order during Prime Ministers questions, was awarded the titular degree by City University, in Nothampton Square, on Thursday for his contribution to speech and language services for young people.

Mr Bercow said: “It is a source of great pride to be offered an honorary doctorate by an institution of such distinction.”

Speaking to some of the university’s other graduates: “I hope you are lucky enough to do for a living something you find rewarding in its own right, as I do.

“You spend at least two thirds of your life working I hope you can make it a fulfilling experience.”

Roberta Williams, an association dean at the university, said: “Despite his demanding role, John has retained his interest in supporting children with communication needs and has remained a strong ally of the speech and language therapy profession.”