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Lord Speaker to visit Cardiff

The Lord Speaker, Baroness D'Souza, will visit Cardiff on Friday 20 May to talk to school children and later community groups, about the work of the House, the role of the Lord Speaker, and how they can all become more engaged with the political process.

First, at 11.00am, the Lord Speaker will visit the Radyr Comprehensive just outside Cardiff, as part of her Peers in Schools programme. She will speak to staff and students at the school about her role as Lord Speaker and the work of the House of Lords to encourage the students to take an interest in politics and the democratic process.

Following on, at 2.30pm, the Lord Speaker will give a talk at a centre for asylum seekers and refugees, Oasis Cardiff, in which there will be an open discussion with local community groups and the public. This part of the visit is taking place as part of the Houses of Parliament Outreach programme.

Finally, at 4pm, the Lord Speaker will meet with members from Chwarae Teg, a Welsh charity established in 1992 to tackle the barriers to gender equality in the workplace.

Speaking ahead of her visit, the Lord Speaker said:

“I am looking forward to visiting Cardiff, and to hearing from local school children and community groups there. It's vital that representatives from the House of Lords can connect with a wide variety of communities all across the UK, and discuss not just the work of the House, but also the issues that matter to these communities. This visit will be a great opportunity to do just that.”

“As well as meeting with school children at the Radyr Comprehensive, I will also get the chance to speak to local community groups in Cardiff, including Oasis Cardiff and Chwarae Teg. They both do admirable work on behalf of those whose voices are not always heard as clearly as they should be.”

“This will be my last regional outreach visit as Lord Speaker, as I come toward the end of my term as Lord Speaker, and I want to make sure that it is as productive and rewarding as all my other visits over the years.”

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