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Greetings from Beautiful Cumbria!


                I Traveled Over 100 Miles Throughout the Lake District in a Land Rover Discovery!

Sorry for not writing here for a while, as I have been busy in Westminster during weekdays and traveling all across the UK during the weekends, experiencing this beautiful and amazing country! Some of the places I have been to are Grantham in the East Midlands, the hometown of one of my political heroes, former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; Stonehenge; and Oxford! 

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of being invited into the beautiful home my MP’s office manager up in Cumbria just off of the scenic Lake District. It was a fantastic and relaxing weekend that allowed me to experience rural British culture first hand!


          Community Village Meat and Potato Pie Supper!!

For part of my trip, I had the pleasure of accompanying a Conservative member of the Cumbria County Council around her constituency. I visited the local library in one of the local villages and had a Kendal Mint Cake, one of the specialties the area is known for. I had the pleasure of chatting with her parents who traveled cross-country across America on Greyhound and Amtrak, and had tea and homemade cakes at her house; with the cakes featuring eggs from the chickens on her property. After that nice afternoon, she took me to the annual community dinner at the village hall, where I enjoyed a traditional homemade meat and potato pie supper with Banoffee pudding for dessert (yum!).      


        Farm Fresh Traditional British Breakfast!!!

The next day was even more exciting. After a farm fresh British breakfast of eggs, bacon, Cumberland sausage, black pudding, scones with clotted cream and jam, and of course, a cup of Earl Grey tea, I went around the Lake District of Cumbria in a Land Rover Discovery, for an authentic rural English experience. We drove over 100 miles around one of the most beautiful and scenic parts of the world I have ever visited. I had the pleasure of trying world famous gingerbread from the Village of Grasmere, and fudge from The Toffee Shop in Penrith, which is a favorite of  Prince Charles and Prince Andrew. Dinner topped the day off, with fish and chips with a side of mushy peas from the local takeaway. 

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and I had to leave lovely Cumbria on Sunday. But, before I was off to catch the train back to London, I was treated to an authentic Sunday Roast, complete with Yorkshire Puddings, Roasted Potatoes and Parsnips, and all the proper fixings. It was one of the most delicious meals I have ever had, and a great way to end my wonderful trip. 


                           Traditional Sunday Roast – DELICIOUS!

I want to thank all of the people who welcomed me into their lives for this weekend! I loved being able to experience the wonderful British culture first hand, and to truly be able to appreciate my wonderful host country. Until next time, cheers! 


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John, Dawn and Eleanor – Order, Order!


John Bercow MP, Speaker of the British House of Commons

Being an American interning in the House of Commons, I have noticed differences between the US Congress and the UK Parliament. One of these differences is the role of the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the House of Commons. In the US House of Representatives, the Speaker is the leader of the majority party in the House and sets the agenda. He or she is a partisan figure. When not presiding over the House, Members from the majority party take hourly turns presiding.


Dawn Primarolo MP, British House of Commons Deputy Speaker

In contrast, here in the UK, the Speaker of the House of Commons is strictly non-partisan. In fact, if you are elected Speaker, you must give up your party affiliation before taking the chair. It is the Speaker’s job to maintain order in the Commons, and he or she has the power to call out and even remove members from the chamber who break the rules, or try to get the Commons off focus during the course of the debate. This can lead to some interesting interactions between the Speaker and Members (see examples below). The Speaker is assisted by three deputies, who maintain membership in their political party, but do not participate in debate and do not vote on matters before the Commons.

John Bercow is the current Commons Speaker, and two of the deputies are Dawn Primarolo and Eleanor Laing (there is another deputy, Lindsay Hoyle, but I have not seen him preside over the Commons yet). They often clash with Members of Parliament who try to interrupt the debate and talk out of turn! It just makes things more fun!! Courtesy of YouTube, here are some highlights of them at work! Order! Order! Until next time, cheers!


Eleanor Laing MP, British House of Commons Deputy Speaker

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My first two weeks!

The Eagle, the local neighborhood pub!

Can’t believe I have been Across the Pond for two weeks already!

Cider the the best!!

Cider is the best!!

I love life in London so far! I live in a great neighborhood with four other students from CUA. We live in a flat on the border of the Little Venice and St. John’s Wood neighborhoods. While it is a little cramped for five people and the WIFI can be hit or miss at times (it was out for about an hour and a half this morning), the neighborhood is very nice and contains many little shops, restaurants and of course, a great pub! And it is only under a 10 minute walk to the nearest Underground station, making Central London super accessible.

My internship is absolutely amazing! I love working for my MP (Member of Parliament) and I have already been able to go to some amazing events! On my second day, I was sitting two rows behind David Cameron, the Prime Minister at the House of Commons Liaison Committee Hearing. At this committee hearing, select MPs get to question the Prime Minister on certain topics in greater detail than weekly Prime Minister’s Questions allows for. Although I did not get to personally meet the Prime Minister, it was still awesome to be so so close to him, especially since these sessions only happen once every few months!

Check back next week for another post as I continue to blog about life here in London and in Parliament!! Cheers!!

Coolest place I have ever worked!

Coolest place I have ever worked!