Local Lions Clubs visit House of Commons

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has hosted a tea for local Lions Club members at the House of Commons.


The tea, which took place on the House of Commons Terrace on Monday (14 May), was attended by more than 50 members, friends and relatives of the Arundel and Barnham District and Littlehampton District Lions Clubs.

The two Clubs undertake voluntary and fundraising activities for projects in their local communities, and further a field, and form part of the world's largest community service organisation. The Lions Club currently has more than 1.4 million members worldwide.

Last year Nick Herbert helped members of the Chanctonbury Lions launch their Genoa Fruit Cake as part of the Lions Club's "Cakes for Charity" project. The Cake is now on sale in the House of Commons shop.

Following a tour of the Palace of Westminster along the route taken by the Queen at the State Opening of Parliament, which takes in Westminster Hall and both the Commons and the Lords, the group met Mr Herbert for a cream tea on the House of Commons Terrace overlooking the River Thames and the London Eye.

At the end of the tea, Mr Herbert gave the group a brief talk on his daily routine as an MP and recalled some of his experiences since arriving at Westminster in May 2005. He then drew the Clubs' raffle, which saw one lucky member winning a signed bottle of House of Commons whisky.

Nick Herbert commented: "It was good to meet the members of our local Lions Clubs and to welcome them to the House of Commons. I hope that they all enjoyed the tour and the tea."


Alexander Black