Claire Perry MP returns from visit to The Gambia

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Devizes MP Claire Perry and daughter Eliza in the village of Gunjur in The Gambia, which has been linked to Marlborough for 30 years Devizes MP Claire Perry and daughter Eliza in the village of Gunjur in The Gambia, which has been linked to Marlborough for 30 years

Devizes MP Claire Perry and daughter Eliza, 13, have just returned from a private visit to The Gambia living with a Muslim family in the village of Gunjur, which has been linked to Marlborough for 30 years. 

The link between Marlborough and Gunjur was established by the Marlborough Brandt Group (MBG) in 1981 following the publication of the Brandt report North South – A Programme for Survival.

So far 1,600 people have been on exchange visits between the two communities.

Mrs Perry is a governor of St John’s School, Marlborough, and chairs the all-party Connecting Communities parliamentary group.

She visited the many projects in which MBG’s partner non-governmental organisation in Gunjur has been involved, including vegetable gardens which provide food and income from sales of vegetables for the families of the women who manage them.

There is also a sanitation programme, a milling machine which grinds rice into flour, a health education programme which has resulted in a dramatic reduction in the incidence of malaria and childhood illnesses, a pre-school through which 3,500 children have passed and primary school which contains a five-classroom block built in 1985 by students from St John’s and Marlborough College with local volunteers.

She had many conversations with community leaders about some of the issues facing the village and with the British High Commissioner David Morley.

During her visit Mrs Perry opened a new market place in the centre of Gunjur built within a month in August 2012 by a young volunteers from St John’s School and Marlborough College with local volunteers.

Eliza Perry spent a day teaching in the pre-school and helping women with their vegetable gardening.

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9:49pm Tue 22 Jan 13

freddie_W says...

O Dear is there nothing that Woman will not do to get her head in the news, why didn't she stay in Gambia.
O Dear is there nothing that Woman will not do to get her head in the news, why didn't she stay in Gambia. freddie_W

11:22am Wed 23 Jan 13

AFCBExile says...

Nice to be able to flit off for a private visit while Parliament is sitting. Why couldn't she have done this during the many months that MPs are on their holidays?
Nice to be able to flit off for a private visit while Parliament is sitting. Why couldn't she have done this during the many months that MPs are on their holidays? AFCBExile

12:15pm Wed 23 Jan 13

elfwyn says...

A friend who sometimes watches Prime Minister's Questions informs me that Ms Perry is usually seated directly behind Mr. Cameron, wearing something eye-catching.
She obviously thinks she's going places.
A friend who sometimes watches Prime Minister's Questions informs me that Ms Perry is usually seated directly behind Mr. Cameron, wearing something eye-catching. She obviously thinks she's going places. elfwyn

3:38pm Wed 23 Jan 13

freddie_W says...

elfwyn wrote:
A friend who sometimes watches Prime Minister's Questions informs me that Ms Perry is usually seated directly behind Mr. Cameron, wearing something eye-catching. She obviously thinks she's going places.
She was jeered by the 1922 committee for brown nosing to David Cameron Marlborough online. At least Edwina Curry had the backbone to be controversial!
[quote][p][bold]elfwyn[/bold] wrote: A friend who sometimes watches Prime Minister's Questions informs me that Ms Perry is usually seated directly behind Mr. Cameron, wearing something eye-catching. She obviously thinks she's going places.[/p][/quote]She was jeered by the 1922 committee for brown nosing to David Cameron Marlborough online. At least Edwina Curry had the backbone to be controversial! freddie_W

10:36am Thu 24 Jan 13

shed says...

I hereby name her the "Smirk" as she's always got a self satisfied one on her face.

she's an ex Credit Suisse banker married to to another one, working for a government full of bankers.

To travel to an African country to posture and pose for her own political ends is pure cynical media manipulation, typical of her.

To pretend she knows anything about the problems of those peoples lives is insulting to them.
She should have taught them the benefits of contraception for one thing, far better than letting her daughter faff about in a veg garden,

To swan off on these jolly jaunts for her own political advancement is insulting to the electorate of her constituency.

She is quite good at insulting peoples intelligence.

I hope she proves to be a real liability to the equally smug self satisfied Cameron.

She demonstrates all that is wrong with, and what alienates people to the Tory party.

If she want to feed the hungry and less well off I suggest she starts in Wiltshire, but the photo ops won't be so good.
I hereby name her the "Smirk" as she's always got a self satisfied one on her face. she's an ex Credit Suisse banker married to to another one, working for a government full of bankers. To travel to an African country to posture and pose for her own political ends is pure cynical media manipulation, typical of her. To pretend she knows anything about the problems of those peoples lives is insulting to them. She should have taught them the benefits of contraception for one thing, far better than letting her daughter faff about in a veg garden, To swan off on these jolly jaunts for her own political advancement is insulting to the electorate of her constituency. She is quite good at insulting peoples intelligence. I hope she proves to be a real liability to the equally smug self satisfied Cameron. She demonstrates all that is wrong with, and what alienates people to the Tory party. If she want to feed the hungry and less well off I suggest she starts in Wiltshire, but the photo ops won't be so good. shed

7:00am Fri 25 Jan 13

Phorever says...

Our government needs a radical shake up.
How does one start a revolution?
Our government needs a radical shake up. How does one start a revolution? Phorever

8:41am Fri 25 Jan 13

shed says...

Phorever wrote:
Our government needs a radical shake up.
How does one start a revolution?
well, the first thing to do is to shake the electorate out of their apathy and stupor and belief they cannot change anything, because of the system.

Either a mass abstention from voting to demonstrate how fed up we are with what is basically a rigged system, or a "British Spring" of upheaval.

Not in my lifetime I suspect,we'll have Sharia law and government before they wake up and then it'll be too late.
[quote][p][bold]Phorever[/bold] wrote: Our government needs a radical shake up. How does one start a revolution?[/p][/quote]well, the first thing to do is to shake the electorate out of their apathy and stupor and belief they cannot change anything, because of the system. Either a mass abstention from voting to demonstrate how fed up we are with what is basically a rigged system, or a "British Spring" of upheaval. Not in my lifetime I suspect,we'll have Sharia law and government before they wake up and then it'll be too late. shed

3:26pm Fri 25 Jan 13

whatisgoingon says...

What ever happened to the pathways in Devizes all covered in ice for five days.

Elderly traped indoors, even the residents that live in Crammer Court could not get to Morrison ,Children going to School walking on the main roads as the paths were so Slippery.

Children getting of the bus going to the es lesuire centre had a very risky walk.

Where in the hell was the salt ,what a disgrace.

Fed up with the Goverment ,Town Council,Wiltshire Council and Claire smug Perry
What ever happened to the pathways in Devizes all covered in ice for five days. Elderly traped indoors, even the residents that live in Crammer Court could not get to Morrison ,Children going to School walking on the main roads as the paths were so Slippery. Children getting of the bus going to the es lesuire centre had a very risky walk. Where in the hell was the salt ,what a disgrace. Fed up with the Goverment ,Town Council,Wiltshire Council and Claire smug Perry whatisgoingon

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