Valerie meets with Ghanaian MPs

I was delighted, as a member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), to meet with a delegation from the Ghana legislature on Wednesday 10 October 2018.

The delegation included Joseph Osei-Owusu, First Deputy Speaker and Chair of the Committee of Privileges, and members of the Committee of Privileges: Kwame Asafu-Adjei MP, Naana Eyiah MP, Cyntia Mamle Morrison MP, Dominic Napare MP, Mathias Ntow MP. Janet Frimpong,
Head and First Deputy Speaker’s Secretariat and Akua Osei-Somuah
Assistant Clerk to the Committee of Privileges were also part of the delegation.

The visit provided the opportunity for the delegation to interact and share best practices with the House of Commons. Areas of particular interest to the Deputy Speaker include the role of leadership in promoting ethical conduct among MPs and consensus building among political parties in Parliament on issues of national importance. As Shadow Leader of the House, I discussed how business is arranged in the House.

I spoke about the current political makeup of the House of Commons in which there is a Minority Government, the Party selection process for becoming an MP, and the role of an MP, including how Members represent their constituents and balance their time within the constituency and Parliament.

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