- Posted by: Joyce Watson MS
- Category: Feature
Labour Mid and West Wales AM Joyce Watson has been re-elected as Chair of the Wales branch of an international parliamentary group.
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) brings together politicians from 175 legislatures in 54 countries. The organisation works to promote democracy and human rights across the Commonwealth.
At a Senedd vote last week (30 September), Mrs Watson, who has chaired the group since 2011, won the support of AMs from all four political parties.
Joyce Watson AM said:
“It is an honour to be able to continue to represent Wales in the Commonwealth.
“The organisation brings together parliamentarians from national governments, state parliaments, regional assemblies and territorial bodies.
“Irrespective of gender, race, religion or culture, we are united by a commitment to the rule of law, individual rights and freedoms, and the ideals of parliamentary democracy.”
In May, Mrs Watson welcomed parliamentarians from as far afield as Cyprus, the Falkland Islands, St Helena and Malta when Cardiff hosted a conference of the CPA’s British Isles & Mediterranean Region (BIMR). International observers from Canada, Australia, the Caribbean and Africa also attended the two-day event.
The CPA was founded in 1911 as the Empire Parliamentary Association and its affairs were administered by the United Kingdom Branch. The original member Branches were Australia, Canada, Newfoundland, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom.
For more information about Joyce Watson’s work contact her office on 02920 898972 / www.joycewatson.co.uk