25th April 2002




A Conservative member of the shadow cabinet will be visiting the University of Lincoln tomorrow (Friday) to try to encourage students to vote in next week’s local elections.


John Bercow, the Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, will be on campus from 3pm to tackle voter apathy head-on.


He will be speaking to students about the local government elections next week and hearing their thoughts on how young people view politicians.


“We’re delighted to be welcoming Mr Bercow to the university and we hope he’ll be impressed by the facilities here on campus,” said Antony Calvert, Vice-President for Sport and Recreation at the Students’ Union Co-operative.


John Bercow was elected MP for Buckingham in May 1997 and was given the award of Backbencher to Watch in The Spectator’s Parliamentarian of the Year awards in 1998.


He has been the Conservatives’ front bench spokesman for education and employment and for home affairs, and in September last year he was appointed Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury.


Mr Bercow will be in seminar room 10 from 3pm tomorrow in the main academic building at the university’s Brayford Pool campus.


For further details about the visit contact Antony Calvert on 01522 886434.


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University of Lincoln

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