U.S. Rep. Brad Miller will be showing British Member of Parliament John Healey around Raleigh on Friday and Saturday as part of an exchange program that sends British MPs to the states to meet their counterparts in the U.S. House.
Healey, a member of the Labour Party, accompanied Miller, a Raleigh Democrat, to meetings in Washington on Thursday. On Friday, they're touring affordable housing in Raleigh, meeting with AFL-CIO members, touring the Center for Architecture and Design building project, and the Nature Research Center.
The housing and design stops may be of particular interest to the MP, who was Minister for State Housing and Planning. The exchange is meant to have the British visitors experience pluralism and regional diversity, discuss domestic and foreign policy issues, and examine the media in the political process.
Pausing to watch the Olympics isn't on their official schedule, but maybe they'll run into Tim Pawlenty, who is coming to town for some political events this weekend.
On Saturday, Miller and Healey are headed to the State Farmers Market, the State Capitol, the N.C. Museum of History, and the Raleigh-Apex NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet.
Healey's visit is arranged through the U.S. State Department. Boston is his next stop.