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Bercow: Commons more relevant now

John Bercow has claimed the House of Commons is "more vibrant and relevant" now than it was before he took to the Speaker's chair five years ago today.

The controversial Speaker, who has frequently clashed with MPs and ministers during his time in office, said he hoped the reputation of the Commons will be improved as a result of the reforms he has encouraged.

Mr Bercow became Speaker on June 22, 2009 with Westminster reeling from the expenses scandal which led to the resignation of his predecessor Lord Martin of Springburn.

He highlighted his record of granting urgent questions as one way in which he had made Parliament more relevant.

Mr Bercow said: " After five years much has been achieved but there is still more work to do. I believe the House of Commons is more vibrant and relevant than when I took office in 2009.

"It is my hope that, over time, the reputation of the House of Commons will be improved by the reforms I have encouraged as the Speaker, including the revival of urgent questions."

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