MBG's work commended by Lord Judd in a debate in the House of Lords on 'Soft Power and Conflict Resolution'

Lord-Judd-of-PortseaThe debate was introduced by Rt Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury on 5 December 2014.

In the course of his contribution to the debate in the House of Lords, Lord Judd states:

".....On a more local level, I happen to be a patron of the Marlborough Brandt Group, set up at the time of the Brandt Report, which has kept going extremely well. The point about the Marlborough Brandt Group is that over 30 years it has brought people from The Gambia in West Africa to work there on Marlborough's social problems... And young people from Marlborough have been going to work in The Gambia.

That programme has recently had to stop because they simply cannot cope with the difficulties of getting visas for Gambians to come to this country. It is at moments like these that we have to ask ourselves, what on earth are we doing cutting off our noses to spite our faces. If anything is an illustration of practical cooperation this is it..."