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How to take part in CPA UK's activities

How to take part in CPA UK's activities

All Members of the UK House of Commons and House of Lords are automatically CPA UK members and are eligible to participate in any of our activities.

CPA UK runs a number of international outreach programmes, conferences, seminars, lectures and briefings in Westminster and abroad. You can find out more about our International Outreach and Events & Projects by contacting us or follow us on Twitter.

The Westminster Seminar, Youth Programme, 14-16 November 2017

Are you interested in learning more about Parliament and the Commonwealth? Do you aspire to make a difference in your community? Could you see yourself working in Parliament or public service one day? 

If this sounds like you, then CPA UK invites you to apply to participate in the Westminster Seminar Youth Programme as part of its annual Westminster Seminar, one of the most eagerly anticipated programmes in the Commonwealth calendar.

What is the Westminster Seminar Youth Programme?

The three-day programme gives participants an exciting insight into how politics works in the UK and across the Commonwealth. The Youth Programme gives young people access to sessions from the wider Westminster Seminar, which helps new Members of Parliament from around the Commonwealth develop their skills and confidence. More than 50 MPs from across the Commonwealth will be there, sharing their knowledge and experiences with others and gaining the skills to face their own work.

What would I be doing as a Youth Programme Delegate?

Through a mix of attending briefings and other sessions over three days you will:

  • Network with UK MPs and Commonwealth MPs to learn about their roles and the work they do
  • Visit an MP’s office in the House of Commons
  • Learn how laws are made in different Commonwealth countries
  • Learn about Prime Minister’s Questions, and then watch it in the House of Commons Chamber
  • Meet other young people keen to learn more about Parliament and the Commonwealth

Who are you looking for?

  • People with a passion for learning more about politics and the Commonwealth
  • Be in the age range 18-30 years
  • Be available for the full programme which is:
    • Tuesday 14 November 0830-1230
    • Wednesday 15 November 0900-1300
    • Thursday 16 November 1115-1400

How do I apply?

Send a video by email to with an up to date CV. You can use the free service to email videos if needed. In your video, respond to the three questions below, taking no more than five minutes in total:

  • Why do you want to be part of the Youth Programme?
  • What inspires you about UK politics?
  • What word or image comes to mind to describe the Commonwealth?

The deadline for application is 6pm on Monday 23 October 2017. Any questions, contact Callum Forster, Project Officer, CPA UK, at

Download invitation here.
Download programme of activities here.

House of Lords Chamber Event

Would you like to be one of a small group of people given the opportunity to put forward your views on 21st Century international affairs in UK Parliament's House of Lords Chamber?

As part of its outreach programme, the House of Lords opens the Chamber once a year to non-members for a debate. This year it will take place on Friday 1 December 2017.

For the 2017 and eleventh event in the Lords chamber, the debating theme and title is: ‘In a world where traditional allegiance amongst nations are shifting, what role should the UK play in international relations?’ A debating motion outlining three angles for debate sits under this theme: 

1. The UK should keep the affairs of other countries at a distance and focus on its own problems.

2. The UK should aim to be a global leader.

3. The UK should aim to work closely with European countries, the EU, the Commonwealth and global partners to achieve common regional aims.

The aim is to provide an educational and enjoyable experience to members of the UK public from backgrounds that do not usually have the opportunity to engage with the House of Lords. There will be up to 220 participants in total drawn from across the UK. CPA UK, as an event partner, has been invited to nominate up to 20 participants. 

If you would like to be considered to participate, please complete and return the application form to by midnight on Friday 20 October 2017. Applicants must be aged 18 or over on 1 December 2017.

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