From 29 February-2 March, CPA UK hosted a delegation of newly-elected Members of the House of Keys, the lower chamber of the Isle of Man Tynwald.
The three-day programme, designed to give delegates an introduction to the Westminster parliamentary system, consisted of meetings with parliamentarians and officials to discuss core elements of parliamentary business. These included the role of the opposition, holding the executive to account through parliamentary questions, the bicameral system, and engaging young people in politics and democracy.
Delegates also took part in a session with Nicholas Jones, former BBC Political Correspondent, and Rita Payne, President of the Commonwealth Journalists Association, on parliament’s relationship with the media. The programme ended with visits to two constituencies in order to explore the role of the MP locally.
Leading the delegation was Tynwald President Hon. Claire Christian MLC. Whilst in the UK, she was able to pay courtesy calls on the Lord Speaker, Rt Hon. Baroness D’Souza CMG, and the First Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Ways and Means, Hon. Lindsay Hoyle MP.
More information about the programme is available here ( PDF 135 KB).