The international Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) is the professional association of all Commonwealth parliamentarians, an active network of over 17,000 parliamentarians from 175 national, state, provincial and territorial Parliaments and Legislatures.
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK Branch (CPA UK) is one of the largest and most active branches in the CPA community and delivers a unique annual programme both in Westminster and overseas. Governed by an Executive Committee of parliamentarians from all main parties and with a membership of Members from both Houses of Parliament, CPA UK undertakes international parliamentary outreach on behalf of the UK Parliament and the wider CPA.
With a specific focus on parliamentary diplomacy and parliamentary strengthening activities, CPA UK seeks to foster co-operation and understanding between parliaments, promote good parliamentary practice and advance parliamentary democracy.
The Executive Committee is made up of 20 parliamentarians from both the House of Commons and the House of Lords elected at the Annual General Meeting. It also includes two sub-committees, the Finance, Audit and Remuneration Sub-Committee and the Policy, Plans and Programmes Sub-Committee.
The current members of the Executive Committee are:
James Duddridge MP - Chair
Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods MP - Hon. Treasurer
Nigel Evans MP - Vice Chair
Rt Hon. David Hanson MP - Vice Chair
Rt Hon. Lord Foulkes of Cumnock - Vice Chair
The current Executive Committee was elected at CPA UK's 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM), which took place on 12 July.
The Presidents of CPA UK are the Lord Speaker and the Speaker of the House of Commons. The Prime Minister, Rt Hon. Theresa May MP, is ex-officio Chair of the Branch.