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UK Parliamentarians pledge support for BVI after hurricane Irma

From left: E. Benito Wheatley, Andrew Tuggey, CBE, Chief Executive & Secretary of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK, Tracy Knight, UK Representative/Head of Office, Turks and Caicos Islands Government London Office) Photo: Ross Gillam
Carrot Bay, Tortola following Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017. Photo: VINO
Carrot Bay, Tortola following Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- E. Benito Wheatley, Director and EU/UK Representative of the BVI in London has welcomed the support offered to BVIslanders by UK Parliamentarians. 

In meetings with individuals including members of the newly formed All Party British Virgin Islands Group and Emily Thornberry MP, Labour’s Chief Foreign Affairs Spokesperson and Shadow Foreign Secretary, he raised the issues facing the BVI following the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma.

During the meetings, Mr Wheatley was able to discuss in detail the impact of the hurricane; the need for significant and humanitarian assistance and, importantly the requirement for a long-term package of economic reconstruction.

Mr Wheatley said: “I was grateful to see how engaged and supportive Parliamentarians are.  In particular, MPs have expressed the need to amend the UK’s aid budget to support the urgent reconstruction that is needed.  All MPs were supportive of the need for the UK to engage with the BVI in partnership to ensure that the long term needs of the territory are met.’

During his time in Westminster, Mr. Wheatley met the CEO of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK who also expressed support.

5 Responses to “UK Parliamentarians pledge support for BVI after hurricane Irma”

  • Lord 0 (14/09/2017, 19:42) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    We will be back. Quicker. Sgronger snd more prosperous than before...We will be back. Dont count the BVI out
    • Work Permit.. Serious times (22/09/2017, 08:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      No business that uses this disaster to lay off or fire their workers should be granted any new permits and any permit renewals.. Give the laid off or fired citizen or belongers preference....Dont go for this special skill bull....Time we get strong leadership...laid off or fired because of this disaster cannot be justified if work permits are still been process for those companies...
  • Mr minister (17/09/2017, 05:54) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Man Namara need cleaing up badly. Have u been there seeing the piles of garbage? Go take a look. That whjte car without an owner since the flood at the bottom of the Road needs to be dispose of...its a nuisance...Give us some attention. Please
    • wize up (20/09/2017, 02:56) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Sandbox road is a muck; residents have placed most of the debris in piles and to this day not sighting of the woman we have voted for: sandbox road needs cleaning: take the tax money build beach and buy planes: buy the necessary equipment to properly and efficiently after a storm: look at the crisis now: beach gone; the planes are questionable and the hard working tax payers can't get their villages clean up( shameful)
  • St Ctoix Governor. (22/09/2017, 07:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Im so impress with USVI Governor.. I go to my Car just to listen his press conferences at 5pm daily.. He ain playing and he is in control of situations..He damanding answers from people incharge publictly. A true leader...Not taking excuses from no one. BVI leaders need to tune in at 5pm to isle 95 daily. Get some leadership tips...

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