Houses of Parliament Visit

Lunch in MPs Dining Room at the Palace of Westminster

On 9 May twelve members of our club set off for London on the 8.12 from Bournemouth although Chris Potter met us there as he travelled by National Express

After a coffee near the new pedestrian bridge at the Embankment  in the sunshine we made our way to the Visitors entrance to Westminster Hall and checked in at the Tour desk at11.30 after passing through airport style security screening and our tour began on time at noon
Our guide was excellent and we got into the Commons Chamber and the House of Lords  chamber as well as the Queens Robing room

At 2pm our Club Honorary member Tobias Ellwood MP and Conor Burns MP who were our co hosts showed us to our table in the Members Dining room.

We all enjoyed a fine lunch and House of Commons wine and coffee and the conversation flowed until 3.30 pm

After lunch Tobias and Conor gave us Serjeant at Arms passes for the Public gallery where we saw two lively debates in the next hour and a half with Ministers at the despatch box although John Burcow the Speaker stole the show with his authorative good humour. Keith took some photos  of our happy group under Big Ben as we left

We made our way home on three different trains, the 4.35 the 5.05 and the 5.35

Those of us who had a unique experience and a memorable day were

Chris Potter David Trenchard Keith Loveless Alan Turle Graham Rogers John Maddox Mike and Jenny Crockett Richard Wood Lionel Harley Henry Mceown and David Sidwick were the participants

Alan Turle      Comm Voc Tour co ordinator