The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association is divided into nine geographic regions: Africa, Asia, Australia, British Islands and Mediterranean (BIM), Canada, the Caribbean, the Americas and Atlantic (CAA), India, the Pacific, South-East Asia. Each region engages in its own programme of activities. 

CPA UK is part of the British Islands and Mediterranean Region (BIMR) and also serves as its Secretariat.

Along with CPA UK, the other branches that make up CPA BIMR are: Alderney, Cyprus, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, Malta, Northern Ireland, St Helena, Scotland and Wales.

Three Regional Representatives from each CPA Region sit on the international CPA Executive Committee. The current BIMR representatives are:

Julie Elliott MP (UK Parliament)
Stuart McMillan MSP (Scotland)
Leona Vidal-Roberts MLA (Falkland Islands)

Election Observation

As part of its commitment to strengthening democracy and good governance, CPA UK regularly carries out and supports election missions across the Commonwealth in its role as secretariat for CPA's British Islands and Mediterranean Region.

Through election observation, CPA BIMR expresses the Commonwealth's interest and concern in promoting democratic elections within its wider policy of support for democracy, the rule of law and human rights. CPA UK is committed to ensuring a professional approach based on observation of all aspects of the electoral process.

Find out more about our work here.

Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians

Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) works on a regional basis, with each of the nine regions of the CPA coordinating programmes, conferences and meetings among its legislatures. CPA UK coordinates the British Islands and Mediterranean Region (BIMR).

CWP BIMR's focus is on working with women across the region to increase global representation of women in parliaments and politics and connecting women through the Commonwealth network. CWP BIMR is represented on the international CWP Steering Committee by Hon. Samantha Sacramento MP, Member of Parliament from Gibraltar.

The objectives of CWP BIMR are to:

  • Build the capacity of women elected to parliament to be more effective in their roles

  • Improve the awareness and ability of all parliamentarians, male and female, and encouraging them to include a gender perspective in all aspects of their role - legislation, oversight and representation

  • Help parliaments to become gender-sensitive institutions

  • Encourage more women into politics and connect with the work of the Commonwealth

  • Focus on themes of communication, advocacy and engagement

  • Link with other groups and associations such as UN Women, UNDP and CSW

  • Expand the work and understanding of CWP

CWP BIMR's annual conference for 2020 was hosted by CPA Falkland Islands from 16-21 February 2020. The theme of the conference was 'Combatting Stereotypes in Small Communities'. The Conference report outlines more information about the programme. 

If you would like to get in touch with the CPA BIMR Secretariat, please contact 

Useful Resources

CPA BIMR Strategy 2019-2024 - CPA BIMR Branches set out their vision, objectives and priority themes for the period 2019-2024.

CPA BIMR Covid-19 Strategic Theme Report 2020-2021 - A report on four virtual events, delivered from 2020-21 by members of the CPA BIMR Covid-19 strategic theme group, outlining the impact of Covid-19 on their respective legislatures and the varied responses across the region to ongoing challenges presented by the pandemic.

Images from left to right: A member of polling station staff at the Cayman Islands General Election June 2021; Election Observation Team in Jersey during May 2018 General Election; Participants at the CWP BIMR Conference in 2018