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2007 Media Releases


Date:
January 12, 2007
For More Information Contact:
Pat Walter, MCIF Programmer, 430-8410
Carmelee Tuma, MCIF Public Relations Chair, 471-1969


MAYOR’S COMMITTEE FOR INTERNATIONAL FRIENDSHIP TO HOST GENERAL SECRETARY OF UK’S LABOUR PARTY

The Mayor’s Committee for International Friendship (MCIF) announced today that Peter Martin Watt, General Secretary of the Labour Party of the United Kingdom, will visit Lincoln January 15 and 16 to study the electoral system and policy making process in the U.S. Watt was invited to the U.S. under the auspices of the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program.

Watt’s schedule includes meetings with Mayor Coleen J. Seng and representatives of the Lancaster County Election Commission, the League of Women Voters, MCIF and the Lincoln Council for International Visitors. He also will attend a Martin Luther King, Jr. observance, visit the Nebraska Legislature, tour a farm in the Greenwood area and speak at a Northeast Kiwanis dinner.

As the Labour Party’s chief executive, Watt is responsible for all operational matters and serves as the political liaison between the party and its stakeholders. One of his responsibilities as General Secretary is to prepare the party for elections.

The Mayor’s Committee for International Friendship is a volunteer organization which hosts visitors from around the world. The committee sets up visits with professional counterparts and plans cultural exchanges and learning experiences to promote international understanding among the visitors and citizens in the Lincoln area. Participants are established or potential foreign leaders in government, politics, media, education, science, labor relations and other key fields. They are selected by American Embassies overseas to visit the United States to experience this country firsthand.


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