Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Secretary-General meets newly-elected Parliamentarians and delivers CPA Roadshow to young people in Guernsey

The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Mr Akbar Khan has met current and newly-elected Parliamentarians and delivered the latest CPA Roadshow for young people during a two day visit to Guernsey.

The CPA Secretary-General was invited by the States of Guernsey to attend the Annual General Meeting of the CPA Guernsey Branch which was attended by many of the newly-elected deputies of the States Assembly in Guernsey.

The CPA Secretary-General was welcomed into the Royal Court and the Assembly Chamber by the Deputy Bailiff of Guernsey and Deputy President of the States, Richard McMahon when he watched the debates and proceedings in the States of Guernsey prior to attending the CPA Guernsey AGM.

During his visit to the States of Assembly, the CPA Secretary-General, Mr Akbar Khan also met with the Lieutenant-Governor of Guernsey, Vice Admiral Ian Corder CB and Sir Richard Collas, Bailiff of Guernsey and President of the States Assembly to discuss the work of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.

The Secretary-General met with many current and newly-elected members of the States of Guernsey following the elections held in Guernsey in April 2016 as well as Guernsey’s longest serving deputy and ‘Mother of the house’, Deputy Mary Lowe. In April 2016, 32% of the deputies that were elected in Guernsey were women – which more than doubled the number of women compared to the previous assembly which had 13% women deputies. The CPA Guernsey Branch hosted the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) British Islands and Mediterranean Regional Conference in Guernsey in February 2016 where the theme was ‘Influencing Policy and Legislation for the Empowerment of Women’.

During his visit to Guernsey, the CPA Secretary-General Akbar Khan delivered a CPA Roadshow on the Commonwealth and democracy to over 100 sixth form students at Guernsey Grammar School and Sixth Form Centre. The students heard about the Commonwealth, the work of the CPA and were able to ask the Secretary-General about democracy and issues of global concern.

The Secretary-General was accompanied by a newly-elected deputy, Sarah Hansmann Rouxel and Simon Ross, Deputy Greffier (Clerk) at the States of Guernsey. The Head teacher of Guernsey Grammar School and Sixth Form, Elizabeth Coffey and Assistant Head teacher, Theresa Garn accompanied the CPA delegation on their visit. 

CPA Roadshows provide an opportunity for young people to discuss issues of concern about their society and democracy, to meet local Members of Parliament and Parliamentary staff and to find out about the work of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and the wider Commonwealth. CPA Branches are being encouraged to host a CPA Roadshow in their own jurisdiction with Members of Parliament meeting young people.

To view images of the CPA Guernsey Branch visit and CPA Roadshow please click here.

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