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Delegation from the Chinese University of Hongkong visits the mother of Parliaments

May 10, 2014 2:13 PM

Chinese University of HK visit to ParliamentOn 8 May 2014, Lord Brian Cotter, Secretary to the All Party Parliamentary China Group and Merlene Emerson, Vice-Chair of Chinese Liberal Democrats welcomed a group of visiting students from the Chinese University of Hongkong.

The delegates were post graduate students of Communications and Media Studies and were in the UK for a week led by their professors. They were given a brief tour of Westminster Hall, St Stephen's Hall and Central Lobby. And as Parliament was sitting, were also able to sit in the chambers to hear the live debates in the Houses of Parliament.

In addition, Chinese Liberal Democrats who had helped to arrange the visit provided them with background information about the workings of Parliament, on the democratic process and the representation of the British Chinese. With the local and European elections around the corner, the visitors were able to learn about the different levels of government, from local, to national to european.

Lord Cotter was delighted to share his experiences as a politician and Parliamentarin with the young visitors including his belief and interest in Chinese medicine and Chinese culture. However when asked his views on the current debate on universal suffrage in Hongkong and the election of the Chief executive, he politely declined any comment.