Sutton’s MP Andrew Mitchell welcomed the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, to Sutton Coldfield on Friday where he spoke at a lecture for the University of the Third Age (U3A) at Sutton Coldfield’s historic Town Hall.
Andrew Mitchell introduced the Speaker at the lecture, which was delivered to a sell out audience of almost 200 Suttonians who are members of U3A, a voluntary movement which provides life-enhancing learning opportunities to retirees.
Before the event Mr Mitchell and Mr Speaker discussed the royal history of Sutton Coldfield and met with Richard Austin-Clapham, the Chair of Sutton Coldfield U3A, to discuss the growth of U3A in Sutton Coldfield since its formation in 1989. They both then met with local students studying politics before joining guests in the Vesey Suite to deliver the lecture, part of UK Parliament’s Education Service Series working around the UK to promote Parliament as an institution.
Commenting after the event Andrew Mitchell said “it has been a pleasure to welcome the Speaker to the Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, the first Speaker to ever visit our town, and talk to members of the University of the Third Age. The University of the Third Age has over 1,200 members in Sutton Coldfield and the opportunities they afford Suttonians to enjoy retirement are worthy of great recognition”.
Photo: Left: Richard Austin-Clapham, Chair of the Sutton Coldfield U3A, Rt. Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons and Rt. Hon Andrew Mitchell MP.