Tynwald delegation attends parliamentary conference in Guernsey
A delegation from Tynwald is to attend the 48th Conference of the British Islands and Mediterranean Region (BIMR) of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. The conference takes place in Guernsey from Sunday 19th May 2019 to Wednesday 22nd May 2019.
Mr Martyn Perkins MHK (Garff) will lead the delegation and be accompanied by Mr Rob Callister MHK (Onchan). The delegation will be supported by the Clerk of Tynwald, Mr Roger Phillips.
The conference will open with a welcoming address by the Bailiff of Guernsey Sir Richard Collas, Presiding Officer of the States Assembly followed by Deputy Lyndon Trott, Chair CPA Guernsey Branch.
The conference theme is ‘Fake news and digital disinformation: the challenges for parliamentarians and democracy’. During the conference Mr Perkins will act as facilitator for a workshop on the impact of media freedom and the importance of quality journalism. The conference will also incorporate the BIMR Annual General Meeting.
Mr Perkins said:
‘The conference will provide us with worthwhile opportunities not only to network with parliamentarians from other BIMR jurisdictions but also to promote Tynwald and its services – notably our Hansard operation – and our Island more generally.
‘The Isle of Man is a very active member of the CPA and punches well above its weight. As the oldest continuous parliament is the world Tynwald is well respected within the CPA and has much to share. The Manx perspective is always highly valued, while Tynwald is noted for offering bespoke capacity-building programmes to visiting parliamentarians and parliamentary staff.
‘The Guernsey programme of plenary sessions and workshops is very focused and set to prompt much discussion. Attending a conference such as this is invaluable. Delegates return more widely informed so are able to share newly acquired knowledge with their fellow Members. Importantly, the experience gained can be applied to the vital work of strengthening the institution of our own parliament, Tynwald.’
The costs of Tynwald Members’ parliamentary off-Island travel are posted on the Tynwald website.
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