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Monday, December 18, 2017

UK MP Standing for British Overseas Territories to be Represented in Parliament

The British Conservative member of Parliament, Andrew Rosindell, was speaking for the Friends of the British Overseas Territories in London, saying that the BOTs should have better and equitable parliamentary representation. He also said it was wrong that the British territories are dealt with by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) because they are not foreign.

Rosindell is the chairman of the Friends of the British Overseas Territories and is in a senior position on the various committees relating to the British territories. He is also a long-time defender of the rights of the BOTs, supporting more equity for them in the British family. He has called for the territories to be dealt with by a single UK government department, and noted that in case of disaster, for example a recent hurricane, the British government should act as in case of natural disaster in the UK. 

The Conservative politician and his supporters in the UK suggested that Crown Dependencies of Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man and the Caribbean territories of Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and Turks and Caicos should have one MP each, while the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and Montserrat should have a shared representative, and the same should be done for Gibraltar, Cyprus Sovereign Base Areas and British Indian Ocean Territory.

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