Mr Rob Callister MHK has returned from Jersey after contributing to an induction programme for newly elected members of the States of Jersey.
Organised by the UK branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA UK) the programme comes after Jersey’s General Election in May and focused on topics identified by CPA Jersey and CPA UK as priority areas. These included expectations and responsibilities of parliamentarians, how to make an impact in the chamber, scrutiny and oversight, the role of committees, codes of conduct and ethics, and international outreach.
Mr Callister was joined by parliamentary professionals from Jersey and the UK, including delegation leader the Rt Hon Lord Haselhurst who served as an MP for more than 40 years.
Reflecting on the induction sessions Mr Callister said: ‘My part in delivering the programme not only provided an opportunity to draw on the valuable training courses I attended after being elected to the House of Keys in 2016 and my subsequent experience as an MHK, but also to promote the workings of Tynwald. This included explaining the tricameral system, the roles of the President, the Speaker and the Lieutenant Governor and the importance of the Tynwald Day proceedings, in particular the promulgation of Acts process. Tynwald’s embracing of social media, its outreach programmes and approach to engaging with the electorate also prompted keen interest.
‘The quality of discussion and debate was of an exceptionally high standard and the visit proved useful to compare and contrast the conditions and facilities of the States Assembly and Tynwald, also to learn more about Jersey’s political structure.
‘CPA UK initiatives are a good way for parliamentarians to forge new relationships and reinforce existing ones, also to exchange ideas and best practice, and the Jersey programme was no exception. Among people I met were Sir William Bailhache, the Bailiff of Jersey; Sir Stephen Dalton GCB, the Lieutenant Governor; Senator Sam Mézec, a Member of Jersey’s Reform Party; Deputy Carolyn Labey, Minister for International Development; Deputy Jess Perchard; and Amy Bryant, deputy chief executive officer of Jersey Finance.
‘I am proud to have represented Tynwald and to have contributed to strengthening newly elected States of Jersey Members’ technical and practical skills so that they can carry out their parliamentary responsibilities effectively and with confidence.’
Mr Callister’s travel and accommodation costs were met by CPA UK and CPA Jersey.
Mr Callister is pictured, front row extreme right, with delegation leader Lord Haselhurst, front row second right, and other parliamentary professionals in St Helier