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:
Jo Churchill MP
Rt Hon. Baroness Corston
Rt Hon. Lord Dholakia OBE DL
Flick Drummond MP
Nigel Evans MP
Patrick Grady MP
Stephen Hammond MP
Rt Hon. Sir Alan Haselhurst MP
Rt Hon. Baroness D'Souza CMG
Baroness Hooper CMG
Professor Lord McColl of Dulwich CBE
Madeleine Moon MP
Lord Purvis of Tweed
Laurence Robertson MP
Rt Hon. John Spellar MP
Valerie Vaz MP
The current Executive Committee was elected at CPA UK's 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM), which took place on 13 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.