(Lodon Post – PR) On Monday 30 November 2015, Rt Hon. John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons, and Rt Hon. Baroness D’Souza, Lord Speaker, will address parliamentarians and Clerks from across the Commonwealth on the first day of the 64th Westminster Seminar on Parliamentary Practice and Procedure.
This year’s Westminster Seminar will bring together 80 first-term Members and early-career Clerks from Commonwealth legislatures for a five-day programme to explore parliamentary democracy, practice and procedure within a Westminster framework. The ever-evolving programme highlights current best practice and how Parliaments adapt to changing domestic and global political environments. It is designed to enhance the capacity of the parliamentarians in attendance to create legislation, hold their governments to account and represent their constituents’ interests.
Over the course of the week, participants will meet senior and highly experienced UK legislators, including Rt Hon. Rosie Winterton MP, Shadow Chief Whip; Rt Hon. Anne Milton MP, Deputy Chief Whip; Rt Hon. Chris Grayling, Leader of the House of Commons; Chris Bryant MP, Shadow Leader of the House of Commons; Charlotte Leslie MP, Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Department fir International Development; and Lord Lisvane, former Clerk of the House. They will also explore Parliament’s relationship with other actors responsible for scrutinising government, such as civil society, NGOs and, in a meeting with James Landale, Deputy Political Editor at the BBC, the media.
On Friday 4 December, the final day of the programme, the parliamentarians will shadow seven UK MPs in their constituencies, gaining a practical understanding of MPs’ relationship with those who elect them. The delegates will visit Rt Hon. Margaret Hodge DBE MP (Barking), Dawn Butler MP (Brent Central), Tom Brake MP (Carshalton & Wallington), Seema Malhotra MP (Feltham & Heston), Sir Keir Starmer MP (Holborn & St Pancras), Paul Scully MP (Sutton & Cheam) and Stephen Hammond MP (Wimbledon).