Wednesday, 23 February 2011

MEP Keith Taylor visits Seaview Wildlife today!

Keith Taylor at the top pool Feb 11 DSC_0542


Keith Taylor is the Green Party Member of the European Parliament for the South East of England region.  He sits on the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN), the Committee on International Trade (INTA) and the Committee on Petitions (PETI). He is a full member of the Parliamentary delegation to Afghanistan, and a substitute member of the Iran and Palestine delegations. Keith is also Vice President of the UK’s Local Government Association Group in the European Parliament – and a member of the Intergroup on LGBT Rights.

Keith was a Green Party councillor for St Peter’s & North Laine ward in Brighton and Hove for 11 years, having been elected in 1999. He served as leader of the Council’s Green group from 2001, and on the council planning committee for two years.

Keith worked for Green Party leader Dr Caroline Lucas MEP for five years as her Regional Liaison Officer, gaining a thorough knowledge of the South East region and developing regional economic policy – and has now recently taken over her place in the European Parliament.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          In with the Penguins Feb 11 DSC_0559          

It was a real privilege to receive a call from Eloise Shavelar, Regional Liaison Officer for Hampshire & Isle of Wight, to arrange a visit to the Park for herself and Keith.  Other than discussing the Park’s green activities and commitment to eco-tourism there was just enough time for Keith and Eloise to have a quick stroll through some of the Park and of course to have an obligatory meeting with Dippy and his Penguin pals.  We struck a deal with Keith – he was welcome to have a cuddle with Dippy on the proviso that he’ll return later this year when it’s warmer. sunnier and the Park is at its summertime best!

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