Tristan da Cunha Government News
News from the Tristan da Cunha Government, including the Governor, the Resident Administrator, Chief Islander and Tristan-related official events in the UK and abroad.

David Moores Sworn In as Acting Administrator

Photo from Cynthia Green

David Moores was sworn in by Sean Burns on Wednesday 13th June 2018 to serve as Acting Administrator while Sean is off the island.

David Moores sworn in as Acting Administrator by Sean Burns. Sean Burns congratulates David Moores on being sworn in as Acting Administrator.
Sean Burns and David Moores (holding the Bible) at the swearing in ceremony. Sean Burns congratulates David Moores on his appointment as Acting Adminstrator.

Overseas Territories additional Joint Ministerial Council 2018

Report from Chris Carnegy

On 13th and 14th June 2018, I deputised for Chief Islander Ian Lavarello at series of meetings held in London.

The UK Overseas Territories Association gathered at Church House in Westminster on the 13th, to lay plans for the main annual Conference between OTs and the UK Government that will take place in November. This year's meeting was chaired by Falklands MLA Teslyn Barkman, and provided a forum where OTs could develop their joint positions on key issues.

Chris Carnegy speaking at the UKOTA planning meeting. President of the UKOTA Political Council, Teslyn Barkman.
Chris Carnegy speaking at the UKOTA planning meeting. President of the UKOTA Political Council, Teslyn Barkman.

The UK Parliament had just moved to over-rule some OTs’ local legislatures. This related to financial services but the constitutional precedent was important for all OTs. A conference at Lancaster House on the 14th, hosted by Overseas Territories minister Lord Ahmad, gave me the chance to convey a clear message from Tristan da Cunha: standing for office in small islands is a demanding thing to do, and OT politicians should only be countermanded from London when it is absolutely necessary.

Lord Ahmad's tweet about his meeting with Chris Carnegy. Catching up with Tristan's FCO Desk Officer Mark McGuiness.
Lord Ahmad tweets about his meeting with Chris Carnegy. Catching up with Tristan's Desk Officer Mark McGuiness.

I was also granted a private meeting with Lord Ahmad, and updated him on the Blue Belt process towards fresh protection for Tristan's vast ocean zone. It was good to see him tweet about our determination to combine a healthy and sustainable local economy with stewardship of the pristine South Atlantic.

Heads of Delegation with Overseas Territories Minster Lord Ahmed and Brexit minister Robin Walker

Heads of Delegation with Overseas Territories Minster Lord Ahmed and Brexit minister Robin Walker

As well as the constitutional issue, the second day focused on Brexit. The European Development Fund has been a staunch ally of Tristan, backing key infrastructure projects like the electricity network. It was good to hear our latest bid has been approved and is unaffected by Brexit, but we also want continued access to the EDF or an equivalent for the future. The UK is also under no illusion about how Tristan values our free access to the Single Market; getting the best price for premium lobster means having access to premium consumers. Our voice has been heard: one official told me "you may be small, but Tristan features in every Brexit report I write"!

The Overseas Territories' Joint Ministerial Council in progress at Lancaster House.

The Overseas Territories' Joint Ministerial Council in progress at Lancaster House, London.

Tristan represented at pre-JMC planning meeting

Report from Tristan Government UK Representative Chris Carnegy
with additional photos courtesy of Adam Howe Photography

The UK Overseas Territories Association's (UKOTA) meeting to plan ahead for the 2018 Joint Ministerial Council  got underway on Wednesday 13th June 2018 at Church House, Westminster.

Chris Carnegy with Teslyn Barkman prior to the meeting

Falklands MLA the Hon Teslyn Barkman chaired the session, as this year’s President of the UKOTA Political Council. I represented the Chief Islander.

The planning meeting in progress in Church House, Westminster.

The planning meeting in progress in Church House, Westminster.

Chris Carnegy's point gets a reaction.

Chris Carnegy's point gets a reaction from the Chair.

Heads of delegation for the UK Overseas Territories.

Heads of delegation for (L-R): Tristan da Cunha, Montserrat, Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, Bermuda, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, British Virgin Islands, and St Helena.

Delegates at the pre-JMC planning meeting.

Delegates at the pre-JMC planning meeting.

Tristan represented at No 10 Environment Meeting

UKOTA meets Sir John Randall, the Prime Minister’s Special Adviser for the Environment on 24th May 2018
29-May-2018
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Tristan represented at London Commonwealth Leaders' Reception

Lancaster House Reception brings together Overseas Territories and Commonwealth Leaders
30-Apr-2018
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Tristan Digital Archives delivered to British Library

Latest stage in Tristan's Endangered Archives Project
17-Apr-2018
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Tristan represented at Isle of Man UKOT Meeting

3rd UK Overseas Territories Environment Ministers' Meeting attended by James Glass and Jim Kerr.
15-Mar-2018
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HE Lisa Phillips becomes Lisa Honan after February marriage

Tristan's Governor has a new name, Lisa Honan, following her marriage in St Helena on 24th February 2018.
15-Mar-2018
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2018 Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey

Tristan da Cunha represented at annual Westminster Abbey Service
14-Mar-2018
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