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Commons’ Speaker pays us a visit

The Speaker of the House of Commons joined a group of north Belfast charities for a round table debate last weekend.

John Bercow was the guest of NICVA (Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action) at their Duncairn Gardens office.

The visit was part of Vital Links, a project supported by the EU’s PEACE III Programme.

Over 20 members from the voluntary and community sector attended the round table event, where a wide range of issues were discussed from the current economic climate and pending public sector cuts through to committees and their powers and how MPs engage with their constituents.

The Speaker commented on how important it is to reach out and connect with people and he said that is what he will be doing during his time in the role.

The event provided a valuable opportunity for the Speaker to hear about the issues the voluntary and community sector faces, and gave an insight into the role of the office of the Speaker and how the current incumbent aims to change how we all engage with Westminster.

Discussion finished by focusing on the new Coalition Government, and whether it would be successful.

The Speaker indicated his belief that it would because “people like the idea of Government working together”.

For more information on the Vital Links project, visit www.vital-links.org.

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