A Message from Mr Speaker

13 Jun 2015

A final message wishing you luck for your event from Mr Speaker and the 2015 Anniversaries Senior Parliament Campaign Manager, Caterina Loriggio…


Message from Caterina Loriggio

Dear LiberTeas hosts,

Thank you all for joining in this weekend. We are all so thrilled that there are so many of you!

Just a quick note from me to wish you all luck for your day tomorrow.  I am aiming to get to a number of events, and many of the team, as well as our MPs and Parliamentary colleagues, will be out and about enjoying tea with you all.

Please find below a message from the Rt Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons. If it is useful for you to read this out at your event then please feel free to do so.

Good luck and fingers crossed for the weather.

Happy LiberTeas!

Caterina Loriggio, 2015 Anniversaries, Senior Parliamentary Campaign Manager


Message from Mr Speaker

In 2015 the Houses of Parliament, along with the people of the UK, are commemorating two important anniversaries: 750 years since the Simon de Montfort Parliament (1265) and 800 years since the sealing of Magna Carta (1215).

Magna Carta embodies principles which have underpinned the establishment of Parliamentary democracy, as well as the legal system, in the UK and around the world. Montfort’s parliament of 1265 has a unique resonance as it built on these principles and included representatives chosen by both the towns and shires – something that ultimately paved the way for the emergence of the House of Commons.

Parliament in the Making is a year-long programme that brings these anniversaries to life. Our ambition is to develop further awareness and understanding of the UK’s democratic heritage and, in doing so, to encourage the public to reflect on our past and to focus on our future. Through this programme we have developed a range of cultural, educational and ceremonial events and activities of which LiberTeas is one.

I am delighted that you are joining us on this unique day, when people all across the UK and in fact, around the world, are stopping to take a moment to celebrate, debate and reflect on their rights and freedoms.

It is a human trait to take things we are used to for granted. When we ponder the question of who to vote for, or how to dress, or what we say and to whom, we seldom stop and think that underpinning our ability to make freely these choices are the hard won liberties of our predecessors. Gathering together, as we are this weekend, to take tea in the name of liberty is in itself a freedom we should not take for granted.

The rights and freedoms that we are celebrating have been achieved with difficulty, often at the cost of much blood and human suffering. They are not, and never will be, perfect. Not everyone will always agree on how liberty in its ideal essence should translate into a practical realisation. However, the history of the world is a lesson that no society, even one apparently secure in its democratic rights, can afford to believe that those rights cannot be taken away, and often with greater ease than the manner in which they were won. However, as we mark the anniversary of the document which started the journey to these rights and freedoms it feels that it has never been more appropriate, however un-British it may be, to congratulate ourselves on the democracy that we have achieved over the past 800 years.

Wishing you all a very enjoyable and meaningful LiberTeas!

Yours sincerely

Rt Hon John Bercow MP
Speaker of the House of Commons