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John Bercow and “the Aussie woman”

29 Sep 2014
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The ripples of an unlikely row over a parliamentary appointment reach from London to Canberra

“ANYONE seeking colour in this bleached political environment might find it in an unlikely source: the appointment of a new chief executive (or clerk) to the United Kingdom’s House of Commons, a chamber best known for the televised weekly theatricals of prime minister’s question time. The “under clerk of the parliaments” works under the speaker of the House, and is responsible for managing its business and giving advice on its constitutional protocols (here Erskine May’s 500-page Treatise, first published in 1844, is the sacred text). The incumbent, Sir Robert Rogers, had chosen to retire a year early – after forty-two years in the Commons’ administration – with effect from August 2014; after a process led by the speaker, John Bercow, his successor was named as Carol Mills, head of the department of parliamentary services, or DPS, in Canberra…”

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Photo: Catherine Bebbington/UK Parliament

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