Jo set to meet US Senators on Stateside visit


Jo is one of four MPs participating in the visit to meet new Members of Congress

Jo Swinson is set to meet Members of the US Senate during a four-day visit to the eastern United States this week.

Jo, who speaks for the Liberal Democrats on foreign affairs, will be one of four MPs forming a delegation of the British-American Parliamentary Group, travelling to the US to observe the Harvard programme for newly-elected Members of Congress.

Commenting ahead of the visit, Jo said:

“Many of us watched with excitement as the US elected its first black President last month. As we saw with the election of Barack Obama, radical changes are taking place in US politics. Keeping up with these changes will be vital if Britain is to adapt and gain influence with the new Obama administration.

“The change of US administration will present an opportunity for progress on a range of global issues from climate change to military conflicts. The US may be in a position to take the lead on these issues, but they have profound implications for people in East Dunbartonshire as well as in the United States. This is why our ability to build relationships with the new generation of US elected politicians is so important.

“I am honoured to be one of just four MPs chosen to represent the British Parliament as we meet with newly elected Members of Congress for the first time. I am looking forward to what should be a fascinating trip.”

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