Speaker unveils new coat of arms which highlights equality

Publish Date: 02/12/2011

It is tradition for the Speaker of the House of Commons to have their own coat of arms. Last week, the Speaker John Bercow, unveiled his coat of arms which highlights his support of equality and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.

The design of Mr Bercow's coat of arms is inspired by his background,interests and politics; it includes a ladder to represent his journey upwards, roundels to highlight his love of tennis and curved, notched blades of seaxes to represent Essex where he attended University.

The coat features the motto - All Are Equal - and two symbols synonomous with lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities - pink triangles and the colours of the rainbow flag - to represent Bercow's support for equality and lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans rights.

The Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP appeared at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (LGF) earlier in the year, at an event highlighting how Voluntary and Community groups can influence parliament.   

At the event the Speaker began by saying "There is no part of the community of which I have a higher regard, than for the voluntary and community sector. I have the highest regard for both the work of VSNW and the stratospherically impressive record of the LGF. The LGF does ground breaking, life changing work".

Bercow was also named Politician of the Year by the gay rights group Stonewall in 2010.

The coat of arms has faced criticism from some areas - the Taxpayers' Alliance have branded the coat of arms "excessive" in an era of austerity.

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