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Council to celebrate Commonwealth Day by raising flag outside town hall

PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 March 2018

Members of the council raising the Commonwealth flag outside of the town hall in 2015. Photo: Havering Council

Members of the council raising the Commonwealth flag outside of the town hall in 2015. Photo: Havering Council

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To celebrate Commonwealth Day, the Mayor of Havering and dignitaries from the borough will be joined by council staff and community groups to raise the flag outside the town hall.

This year, Havering Council’s ceremony will take place on Monday, March 12 (Commonwealth Day) at the Town Hall in Romford.

The event starts at 9.50am with the reading of the Commonwealth Affirmation followed by a specially written message from Baroness Patricia Scotland QC, secretary-general of the Commonwealth of Nations, then the flag will be raised at 10am.

Councillor Dilip Patel, Deputy Mayor of Havering, said: “The Commonwealth is an extremely important part of our culture.

“This year’s theme is ‘Towards a Common Future’ and it explores how the Commonwealth works to address global challenges to create a better future for all citizens through sustainability, safety, prosperity and fairness.

“I encourage residents to join us to mark this event, when we raise the flag of the Commonwealth in our borough.”

In 2015, Romford MP Andrew Rosindell won Commonwealth Parliamentarian of the Year, and in the same year, was re-elected to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee.

With regards to the future foreign policy strategy, he said: “I want the Commonwealth to be a strong force for good in the world.

“At the moment, it has great potential, but can only be what its members make of it. We have the capacity to advance so many good causes around the world - such as democracy, economic freedom, and rights for women – but only if we work together.

“We already have so much in place – a shared culture, a shared heritage, and most importantly, a shared language.

“It cannot be right that we reject all of this in favour of more arbitrary groupings of countries such as the European Union and United Nations.

“I want the countries of the Anglosphere and Commonwealth to lead the way in the world, and as long as I am a Member of Parliament, that is what I will campaign for.”

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