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Liz welcomes Handsworth Rotary Club to the European Parliament

December 1, 2011 11:12 AM

Liz Lynne MEP welcomed Rotarian Norman Townsend and Handsworth Rotary Club to the European ParliamentBirmingham Euro MP Liz Lynne has sponsored a visit by a delegation from Handsworth Rotary Club to the European Parliament in Brussels.

The 35-strong delegation included club members and partners from a cross-section of Handsworth's multi-cultural and multi-ethnic local community.

The leader and organiser was longstanding Rotarian Norman Townsend, who has twice served as President of Handsworth Rotary.

The group toured the Parliament on Wednesday November 30th, received a briefing from officials and also had a separate question and answer session with Liz Lynne who sponsored the visit. Liz has recently announced that she is standing down in February after 12 and a half years representing the area as our Lib Dem MEP.

The group heard a personal account of Liz Lynne's role and recent work, both as a regional Euro MP with five million constituents and as First Vice President of the Parliament's powerful Employment and Social Affairs Committee.

Commenting afterwards, Liz Lynne said: "It was great to meet this lively group representing all sections of the community in Handsworth. It is fantastic that the Rotary Club in Handsworth is making a real effort to be inclusive and multi-cultural.

"The group showed a lively interest in everything at the European Parliament and my work as a city MEP. They asked detailed questions about the Parliament's co-decision role in agreeing new legislation, as well as questions about recent European Parliament pressure in wider international affairs and the ongoing financial crisis in the eurozone.

"Norman Townsend and the Rotary Club deserve every credit for taking the initiative to organise this sponsored visit, which I'm sure the members found valuable."


Photo: Rotarian Norman Townsend and members of the Handsworth Rotary Club delegation with Liz Lynne MEP at the European Parliament.