Speaker visits armed forces organisations

VISIT Baroness D'Souza
VISIT Baroness D'Souza
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THE Royal Navy hosted a senior Parliament member as part of a networking lunch to champion the work of the House of Lords.

Speaker of the House of Lords, Baroness D’Souza, spoke to veterans, charities, businesses and voluntary organisations working with armed forces families during the visit to HMS Nelson’s wardroom.

The event, organised by Portsmouth City Council and the Royal British Legion, was part of the Houses of Parliament outreach service, which encourages interaction between the public and the House of Commons and House of Lords.

Baroness D’Souza welcomed progress made by the Portsmouth Community Covenant – a statement of support between the city and servicemen and women, veterans, and forces families, which was signed in March last year.

Around 100 guests attended the event, from organisations such as the Naval Families Federation, Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s Fund, and services information network Hive.

Commander Andy Green, the executive officer of the naval base, said: ‘HMS Nelson was delighted to host the Lord Speaker and guests.

‘It was also pleasing to hear about the enthusiasm for the community covenant which shows what great support for the armed forces and veterans there is in Portsmouth and the wider community.’