24 July 2014


UK MP who visited Gambia last year appointed Under Secretary for Transport

Claire Perry, the conservative MP for Devizes County constituency who visited Gunjur in 2013 and supports its link with Marlborough, has been appointed Under Secretary of Transport in the UK. The link between Marlborough and Gunjur was established by the Marlborough Brandt Group (MBG) in 1981. So far 1,600 people have been on exchange visits between the two communities. Commenting on her promotion, she said: “I am so looking forward to being part of the Department for Transport and rebuilding Britain's infrastructure.” Though United Kingdom is thousands of miles away from the south Gambian coastal town, the promotion of the “friend of Gunjur”, Ms Perry, in the cabinet reshuffle by British Prime Minister David Cameron has caused a buzz. The head of women in Gunjur, Aja Mai Kebbeh, reacted: “Our hearts are filled with joy at this promotion for Claire. We met her when she came here with her daughter and Nick Maurice last year. We were so touched that she had taken the trouble to come down here to see what we were doing and the challenges we faced in our work. She clearly sympathises with the women and people of Gunjur and committed herself to supporting the link that has improved the livelihoods of the people of Gunjur over many years through projects. “She took the time to visit the women's gardens, the rice milling machines and the nursery school among other interventions meant to support development in Gunjur. The mere fact that she had attained the position of a member of parliament at the time was a great example to the women of Gunjur - young and old - to continue our quest for greater empowerment. We pray for her greater success in her bid to serve her people and humanity at large.” The co-founder and director of Gunjur Marlborough link, Dr Nick Maurice (OBE) enunciated: “Her visit to Gunjur has given greater encouragement to our colleagues and friends in our partner non-governmental organisation TARUD, the Gunjur Link Committee and the wider community of Gunjur - and has particularly brought a feeling of solidarity with women in the community.”

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