On Wednesday 01 July, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Overseas Territories, Chaired by Andrew Rosindell MP met. This cross-party group provides a forum where members of the House of Commons and House of Lords, with an interest in the UK’s Overseas Territories, can come together to discuss matters of interest relating to the Overseas Territories.
Normally these meetings are held in the House of Commons, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, this meeting had to take place via Zoom.
It was encouraging that, despite the difficulties caused by the current situation, a good number of MPs and Peers found the time to participate in this meeting.
Those Overseas Territory Representatives able to attend gave individual Territory updates, but the main topic for discussion was the impact of COVID-19 on the Territories and how they had each responded. Andre Ebanks was able to report on how remarkably Cayman has contended with COVID-19.
Whilst the Cayman Islands has their own APPG, this overarching APPG for the Overseas Territories as a collective group provides an important forum for engagement with interested Parliamentarians for all Overseas Territories. We look forward to the next meeting where hopefully we will be able to meet again in person.
Details of Members of Parliament on the British Overseas Territories All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG):
Andrew Richard Rosindell MP is a British Conservative politician. He has been the Member of Parliament for the Romford constituency in Greater London since 2001 and is a keen supporter of th British Overseas Territories.
Paul Bristow MP is a British Conservative Party politician who has served as Member of Parliament for Peterborough since the 2019 general election.
Jacob Young MP is a British Conservative Party politician who is elected as the Member of Parliament for Redcar in the 2019 general election. He was the first Conservative MP to represent the constituency.
Christopher Lionel John Loder MP is a British Conservative politician who has been the MP for West Dorset since the 2019 general election. He succeeded the independent MP Sir Oliver Letwin, who did not stand for reelection. He had previously worked as head of new trains for South Western Railway.
Colonel James Sunderland MP is a British Conservative Party politician, who has served as the Member of Parliament for Bracknell since the 2019 general election
John David Penrose MP is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Weston-super-Mare who was first elected in 2005. He previously served as Parliamentary Under-Alicia Alexandra Martha Kearns MP is a British Conservative Party politician. She has been the Member of Parliament for Rutland and Melton since the 2019 general election. Secretary of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and more recently as a Lord Commissioner of Her Majesty’s Treasury.
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