MP Speaks at International Conference in South Africa

North East Herts MP Oliver Heald is spending part of his Easter break from Parliament attending the 118th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in South Africa. Mr Heald is one of the UK representatives and will be meeting Parliamentarians from around the world. Speaking in the debate on Peace and Security, Oliver Heald said:

'The central role of averting threats to democracy should be one for Parliaments.

We all remember the South African elections in 1994 where so many queued for so long to exercise their new right to vote We applaud the vibrancy of the Indian democracy.

It should be normal to vote; to have the result announced and to respect the will of the people. This should happen in Zimbabwe and I welcome the comments of ANC President Zuma. Let their people have their will and Parliament have its ability. '