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Invitation to attend the Observance of Commonwealth Day in London, March 2018

Each year the Executive Committee of the Isle of Man Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association invites applications from young people from the Isle of Man who are interested in attending the CPA Headquarters Secretariat Observance of Commonwealth Day.  

This year the celebrations will take place in London on Monday 12th March 2018 and the theme for the day will be “Towards A Common Future”. 

This opportunity is available to all young people between 18 and 25 who have an interest in the Commonwealth and parliamentary democracy and have displayed potential leadership qualities.  

The day will include:  

  • Discussions on the Commonwealth and specifically on the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and our contribution to parliamentary democracy;
  • Short debates or other presentations on current critical issues in the Commonwealth;
  • Attendance at the Observance at Westminster Abbey at which will be present Her Majesty The Queen as Head of the Commonwealth and all Commonwealth High Commissioners in London; and
  • Attendance at the Commonwealth Secretary-General’s (CSG) evening reception in the presence of Her Majesty.
Please note that only two applicants will be selected.
Overnight accommodation on the night of 12th March will be provided by the CPA centrally and the Isle of Man Branch will reimburse attendees’ reasonable expenses (including return travel to London and accommodation) on the night of 11th March if necessary. 
Further information about the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association is available at and further information about the Isle of Man Branch can be found at


To apply for a place, please send a letter or e-mail addressed to the below, to arrive no later than 5pm on Thursday 21st December 2017, setting out in no more than 200 words:

(a) how you would benefit from the experience; and
(b) how the Isle of Man would benefit from your attendance at the event.

Please also confirm that you have not previously participated in this annual event.


If you are successful, after the event, you will be required to submit a short written report about your participation to the Branch Executive Committee which will be published online. You may also be asked to meet members of Tynwald to talk about your experience when you are on the Island.


Anyone who would like to discuss this opportunity informally before submitting an application, please get in touch by phone or e-mail. 

Ruth Donnelly

Head of Chamber & Information Service, Office of the Clerk of Tynwald 

Legislative Buildings, Finch Road, Douglas, Isle of Man IM1 3PW

Tel: (01624) 685764