Commonwealth Day theme “An Inclusive Commonwealth” marked by CPA UK

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Commonwealth Day 2016 will today be marked by a debate in the House of Commons on the Commonwealth and the role of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, led by the Chair of CPA UK’s Executive Committee, Ian Liddell-Grainger MP.

The debate will be an opportunity for MPs to highlight the theme of this year’s Commonwealth theme, “An Inclusive Commonwealth”, by celebrating the diversity and the uniqueness of the Commonwealth.

Today also sees the start of CPA UK’s International Parliamentary Conference on sustainability, energy and development, with over fifty parliamentarians from both Commonwealth and non-Commonwealth countries attending.

It also marks the start of a two-day visit to Westminster of a delegation from the Canadian Federal Parliament, following last autumn’s General Election.

Chief Executive of CPA UK, Andrew Tuggey, said: “It is entirely appropriate that CPA UK marks Commonwealth Day by welcoming parliamentarians from across the Commonwealth to London.

“We are delighted to be hosting a delegation of MPs and Senators from Canada, in a sign of the continuing strong relationship between Ottawa and Westminster.

“In addition, Commonwealth Day marks the start of this week’s major CPA conference on sustainability, energy and development.

“The conference’s stated aim of enabling parliamentarians to legislate and scrutinise sustainable development policies will help to ensure growth and development of all Commonwealth countries, something that entirely fits in with this year’s theme of promoting ‘An Inclusive Commonwealth’”.

SOURCE: UK-CPA, March 13th 2016: