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CHP Calls On Golden Jubilee Celebrations

5 March 2002

CHP Calls On Multi-Party Cooperation For Golden Jubilee Celebrations

The CHP is concerned that the Queen’s visit is over, yet no announcement has been made by the Government about plans to mark the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty’s accession to the throne.

“The Government has missed a golden opportunity while the Queen was present in the country to make public how it plans to celebrate this significant milestone,” observed Party Leader Graham Capill.

“We are calling upon all parties to co-operate in finding meaningful ways to celebrate the Golden Jubilee. Given public opinion polls continue to show support for the monarchy and given the level of public interest during the Queen’s recent visit, there would be plenty of support for appropriate commemorations.

“In 1977 a Jubilee Medial was issued. The CHP wants to know if the government will be doing likewise in 2002.

“Other appropriate initiatives could include the creation of scholarships or prizes, carrying the Golden Jubilee inscription. Those would ensure that the importance of the Monarchy is underscored to the next generation.

“Whatever is decided, it is time to lay aside party political interests and seek to do something that shows this country’s gratitude to Her Majesty for years of public service,” Mr Capill concluded.

The CHP will write to all political parties represented in parliament, asking what they are prepared to do to celebrate this historic event.

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