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Young VIslander Charity Rymer speaks in UK House of Commons

- becomes first Virgin Islander to speak in House of Commons
Young Virgin Islander Ms Charity Rymer made history, as she became the first Virgin Islander ever to speak in the UK House of Commons today, November 4, 2022. Photo: YouTube
Charity Rymer, 3rd from left, with Mr Speaker Sir Lindsay H. Hoyle and other Overseas Territories Youth Representatives. Photo: BVI London Office
Charity Rymer, 3rd from left, with Mr Speaker Sir Lindsay H. Hoyle and other Overseas Territories Youth Representatives. Photo: BVI London Office
Charity Rymer delivering her speech on Climate Change in the UK House of Commons today, November 4, 2022. Photo: UK Parliament/YouTube
Charity Rymer delivering her speech on Climate Change in the UK House of Commons today, November 4, 2022. Photo: UK Parliament/YouTube
LONDON, UK- On the invitation of the United Kingdom Speaker in the House of Commons Sir Lindsay H. Hoyle, young persons from across the Overseas Territories were invited to attend a special segment of the UK Youth Parliament sitting today, Friday, November 4, 2022.

It is the first time since 2019 that the UK Youth Parliament is meeting in the Commons chamber due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Speaker chaired the morning session which included the opportunity for young people from British Overseas Territories to speak about the topic “the most important issue affecting young people from my territory today.” 

According to a press release from Government Information Services (GIS) on November 4, 2022, young Virgin Islanders living in the UK were invited to submit applications to the BVI London Office to be considered for this unique opportunity.

Historic speech

It stated that on the directive of the Chairman of the Virgin Islands Youth Parliament (VIYP) Honourable Sharie B. de Castro (AL), candidates were interviewed by a panel consisting of the Members of the VIYP and its Secretariat.

Miss Rymer made history as she became the first Virgin Islander ever to speak in the UK House of Commons.

Climate change

In choosing Climate Change and its long-term effects on the territory’s youth as her platform, Miss Rymer said, “the future and sustainability of our islands rests with us, to mitigate against the effects of climate change. The youth will have a heavy, costly burden to bear. Our inheritance is an ever-increasing bill to rebuild our territory with each natural disaster that pays us an unwelcome visit. Climate change – sweeps across all areas of the lives of Virgin Islands Youth: our education, our food security, our paths to employment and entrepreneurship, our mental and physical health.” 

Speaker Hoyle said it was "about time we heard from our friends in the extended part of our United Kingdom family - and the UK Youth Parliament event offers them the perfect platform.” "For too long I have felt the British Overseas Territories have been overlooked, yet so many of the decisions we make here in the UK have a huge impact on their futures," he said. "I am really looking forward to hearing from the young people who live in the overseas territories - about the issues that affect them and their experiences. I am sure we will learn so much from their contributions."  

This year the BVI London Office is commemorating 20 years of 'BVI Diplomacy and International Relations' abroad with the opening of the London Office in 2002. The office continues to fulfill its mission of strengthening the voice of the VI with His Majesty’s Government and enhancing the regional and international impact and reputation of the VI. The office in collaboration with the Virgin Islands Youth Parliament and the Ministry of Education, Youth Affairs and Sports facilitated the territories participation in this historical event, the press release stated.

The morning sitting can be viewed here:

21 Responses to “Young VIslander Charity Rymer speaks in UK House of Commons”

  • dad (04/11/2022, 10:11) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    Lovely Muskers…
  • kudos (04/11/2022, 10:17) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    Big KUDOS to Miss Rymer who spoke so eloquently and confidently! I look forward to seeing her being an advocate for our Territory!
  • Uncle (04/11/2022, 10:39) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
    Very proud of her, continue to keep up the excellent work ????‼️????
  • Proud (04/11/2022, 10:54) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am extremely proud of Ms. Rymer. Her future is bright!!!!
  • WOW (04/11/2022, 11:44) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is awesome. Well done Ms Rymer!
  • UK Speaker of The House (04/11/2022, 12:39) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    We also need to give big kudos to the United Kingdom Speaker in the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay H. Hoyle, for this initiative. Let's hope this is a regular occurrence!
  • WOW (04/11/2022, 13:08) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    I tuned in to this and was blown away by how eloquent and confident this young woman is. Her family should be proud and she and many of our young people are clear examples that are future is taking the right path. Congrat Ms Rymer keep shining and making the BVI proud!!!
  • Me (04/11/2022, 14:13) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    Question: does Ms. Rymer live here?
    Very good speech btw
  • Hoomemie (04/11/2022, 15:04) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    Here is or mia motley. Wow
  • Hmm (04/11/2022, 16:25) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Congratulations Charity.
  • E. Leonard (04/11/2022, 18:44) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats to Charity Rymer! She delivered an exceptional presentation at the UK’s Youth Parliament at the House of Commons. Like the mythical Sankofa bird, she reflected on the past and with a skillful lead in, she hone in on current and emerging events with the poised and clarity of a seasoned veteran. Well done. A diamond in the rough and rising star with a bright future.

    With her sterling performance, she represented the VI well and all Virgin Islanders should be beaming with pride. The future of the VI lies with Gen Z, Gen Alpha and follow Gens yet unborn. The Silent Gen, Boomers, Gen X, and Millennials have the responsibility to set up the framework for passing the baton flawlessly to them.
  • resident (04/11/2022, 20:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where has the h from Rhymer gone.
    • Interesting (04/11/2022, 23:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Thanks to how some names were registered in olden times, some are Rhymer and Rymer. Oh well.
  • guy hill (05/11/2022, 07:18) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Graet jon Ms.Rymer. Always continue to do and be your very best. Be bless. Be Brave.
  • Nice (05/11/2022, 08:51) Like (3) Dislike (9) Reply
    Good job but ugly accent. That English accent is sooo yucky!
    • Disinterested (05/11/2022, 12:32) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Nice, you are a disgusting, sickening mummy. You cannot be a 100% to the bone Virgin Islanders. You could keep the fake ‘good job’ comment. Mummy, here is a news flash. 99.99% of children growing up in a community will acquire the predominant accent of that community.
  • not she (06/11/2022, 11:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Cindy could have NEVER spoken so well. The amount of ummm ummm ummm ummm ummmm she would have used that would so often nothing would have been said.
  • Ruscle (07/11/2022, 08:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Awesome! Keep up the good work!!

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