Chief Islander Ian Lavarello has attended meetings in London, including the Overseas Territories' Joint Ministerial Council.

2016 Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council

Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council and associated meetings attended by Tristan Chief Islander in London, 31st October - 3rd November 2016

Photos and reports from Tristan Government UK Representative Chris Carnegy

Chief Islander arrives in London for important UK Overseas Territories Events

Chief Islander Ian Lavarello arrived by train at London's Euston Station on Sunday 30th October from Manchester, where he has been staying with relatives.

He will have a busy few days of meetings in London.

The Overseas Territories' Joint Ministerial Council is the main event, together with the UKOTA Political Council and a specific meeting about Tristan topics with the new minister for the Overseas Territories, Baroness Joyce Anelay.

Left: Ian after arriving at Euston Station.

Monday 31st October

UK Overseas Territories Political Council in session at the Park Plaza Hotel on London's South Bank.
Chris Carnegy and Ian Lavarello can be seen far right on the main table.
UK Overseas Territories Political Council members at the end of their meeting. Tristan Chief Islander Ian Lavarello is third from the left on the back row. Ian Lavarello flanked by St Helena councillors Derek Thomas (right) and Lawson Henry (left) during the Gibraltar reception held at The Gherkin in the City of London.

Tuesday 1st November

Left: Ian en route to meetings with ministers for climate change, health and pensions, standing beneath the Tristan flag flying proudly in Parliament Square.
Above: Ian in session with the UK Foreign Affairs Committee chaired by Crispin Blunt MP
3 photos of Chief Islander in in Parliament

Above: Ian with FCO Overseas Territories Director

Above right: Ian meets Andrew Rosindell MP

Right: Ian with other South Atlantic delegates -
Left to right:
Lawson Henry, St Helena,
Ian, Tristan da Cunha,
Derek Thomas, St Helena,
Kitty George, Ascension,
Nicholas John, Ascension

Left: Ian arriving in Lancaster House
Delegates representing UK Overseas Territories gather with OT Minister Baroness Anelay in the foyer of Lancaster House. Ian Lavarello is far right on the front row.

Wednesday 2nd November

In Lancaster House:

Above: With DFID OT Minister Lord Bates

Right: With OT Minister Baroness Anelay

Above Right: Ian during JMC plenary session at Lancaster House

Above Left: Signing the inter-OT Memorandum on child safeguarding with MLA Roger Edwards of the Falkland Islands who proposed the initiative, which will encourage OTs to share information and best practice.

Evening Reception on Wednesday 2nd November

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson meets Ian Lavarello and Chris Carnegy
Tristan Lobster served at JMC Reception Managing Director of Ovenstones Andrew James and Chief Islander Ian Lavarello with a waitress serving snacks of Tristan Rock Lobster
Chris Carnegy and Ian Lavarello with Martin and Debbie Brunnschweiler from Bushy's Ale of Man Brewery which produces the Tristan Island Brew served again at the annual reception

Thursday 3rd November: Private meetings with the key ministers were held.

Ian Lavarello above overlooking the Thames, and right with fellow islander Norman Glass