From peanuts to Parliament

Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans and former American President Jimmy Carter
Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans and former American President Jimmy Carter

AT one time the most powerful man on earth, former US President Jimmy Carter was welcomed to the Houses of Parliament by Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans.

The three Deputy Speakers of the House of Commons, of which Mr Evans is one, welcomed three of “The Elders” to Parliament. Chaired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, The Elders are an independent group of global leaders who work together for peace and human rights. They were brought together in 2007 by Nelson Mandela, who remains an Honorary Elder.

The Elders delegation visiting Parliament comprised Archbishop Tutu, former US President Mr Carter and former Irish President, Mary Robinson. They were there to discuss with members of both Houses how to build a more equitable world.

Speaking from Westminster, Mr Evans said: “The Elders are a special group of people. They have chosen to bring together their almost one thousand years of experience to try to solve the major problems the world is facing. I applaud what they are trying to do and it was my sincere pleasure to welcome three of them to Parliament today.

“When you are in the company of Elders you can feel it. The dignity with which they conduct themselves is tangible. Since their formation, just five short years ago, they have involved themselves in struggles for human rights, the fight against HIV/AIDS and the challenges of climate change, amongst many others.”