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Journalist and broadcaster John Sergeant will be strutting his stuff on stage as the guest host and speaker at the Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards.

The former chief political correspondent for the BBC is making a welcome return to the awards in March next year, having first appeared in 2008.

John’s career in journalism spanned more than 30 years. Having started out as a correspondent on the Liverpool Echo, he joined the BBC as a radio reporter on the international desk in 1970, before becoming a war reporter, covering major conflicts including Northern Ireland, Vietnam, Rhodesia and the Middle East. 

However, John’s most memorable career moment came in 1990, while working as a political correspondent, when he was famously interrupted mid-broadcast by Margaret Thatcher. Emerging from the Paris Embassy, Lady Thatcher grabbed John’s microphone to declare live on-air her participation in the Conservative leadership election.

The incident earned John a place in TV history and a Press Guild Award for the most memorable outside broadcast.

John’s other memorable TV moment was in 2008 when he became the unlikely star of Strictly Come Dancing.

Albeit retired, as a freelance journalist and broadcaster, John can still be seen reporting for The One Show and is a regular on various Radio 4 panel shows.

John Hughes, president of Birmingham Law Society, said: “We’re really excited to be welcoming John Sergeant back to the Legal Awards as the guest host and speaker.

“John’s sharp wit and sense of humour, coupled with his insight into the political system and anecdotes from his time as a journalist, proved a hit with guests eight years ago and I’m sure he will be equally as entertaining when he returns to the stage next year.”

The Birmingham Law Society Awards will be held at the ICC on Thursday 9th March, 2017.

More than 550 people from the region’s legal and business community are expected to attend the annual event.

Nominations for the 12 award categories closed last week. The shortlist will be announced in January.