Speaker of the House of Commons and MP for Buckingham John Bercow is backing The National Autistic Society’s new campaign to improve public understanding of autism, Too Much Information, launched as part of World Autism Awareness Week.
John Bercow MP who is a vice president of the charity showed his support by completing the entire circuit of The National Autistic’s Society London Night Walk, walking the full 15 kilometres of the walk and meeting with the charity’s supporters along the way.
Mr Bercow said: “Autism is a cause very close to my heart and I was pleased to join the Night Walk, to meet so many of the charity’s supporters and to speak to them about their experiences of living with autism
Mark Lever, The National Autistic Society’s Chief Executive, said: “We were delighted that John agreed not only to take part but to walk the entire Night Walk course to show his support for us and the UK’s 700,000 autistic people and their families.
“We are extremely grateful to him for taking time out from his busy schedule to help us raise awareness of autism in this inspiring way and to hear from our supporters about the importance of public understanding of autism and what it means to them”.
A film celebrating the achievements of World Autism Awareness Week, which has just been released, features an interview with Mr Bercow.
Geographically, Buckingham is a rather large constituency but in spite of its rurality, and the great distances which sometimes separate one settlement from its nearest neighbour, I am repeatedly struck by the strong sense of community I observe when I visit local towns and villages.