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#ParliForum18 Blog Entry by Philippa Drew CB, Trustee of Kaleidoscope Trust

21 March 2018

It was a privilege to address the Commonwealth Parliamentarians’ Forum on 28 February 2018 on behalf of The Commonwealth Equality Network (TCEN), which is a network of 45 organisations representing 42 Commonwealth countries working to challenge inequality in the Commonwealth, based on sexual orientation or gender identity. TCEN was formally accredited to the Commonwealth in June 2017 and will be active in the Summit week advocating for equality.

Thirty seven Commonwealth countries criminalise same sex relations between consenting adults. Who you love makes you a criminal in these countries. Yet, all Commonwealth governments have committed to the SDGs to ensure that there is ‘no-one left behind’.


#ParliForum18 Blog Entry by Jon Davies, Chief Executive of CPA UK

14 March 2018

It seemed obvious. How could the UK Branch of the CPA not organise an event related to The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) being held in the UK this April?


The Commonwealth has parliamentary democracy at its heart. The Parliament in Westminster is a model for many Parliaments. CHOGM had developed a series of supporting Forums--Business Forum, People’s Forum, Youth Forum, and Women’s Forum-- but not one for the very Parliamentarians who embody that democratic commitment. So last year--before my time at CPA UK--colleagues pitched the idea. Our Executive Committee were keen. The British Government, as CHOGM hosts, gave their support. And when we floated the idea with other parliamentarians, across the Commonwealth, including the UK, they were enthusiastic, and full of ideas for the programme.


Commonwealth MPs Come Together in London for the Inaugural Forum Ahead of UK-Hosted Heads of Government Meeting

23 February 2018

Over 80 parliamentarians from 25 Commonwealth countries will attend the first Commonwealth Parliamentarians’ Forum in London next week (26 February – 1 March). High-profile speakers include:  

  • UK Foreign Secretary, the Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP
  • The leader of the UK Labour Party, the Rt Hon. Jeremy Corbyn MP
  • Shadow Foreign Secretary, the Rt Hon. Emily Thornberry MP
  • Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ms Amina Mohammed
  • Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt Hon. John Bercow MP
  • Minister of State for the Commonwealth, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon 
  • Minister of State for International Development, the Rt Hon. Lord Bates
  • Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, Kate Osamor MP
  • Rt Hon. the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Charles Bowman

The Forum is taking place to ensure Commonwealth parliaments feed into the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in April 2018.

Parliamentarians will return to their countries better placed to inform and influence their governments ahead of CHOGM, and thereafter.



Members of a Financial Committee in the Parliament of Sri Lanka visit UK Parliament

20 February 2018

Senior MPs from Sri Lanka take part in a 3 day visit the UK Parliament as part of a programme to improve financial oversight in the Parliament of Sri Lanka from 20 – 22 February.

The programme, organised by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK (CPA UK) in partnership with Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), includes meetings with the National Audit Office (NAO) and Her Majesty’s Treasury to explore UK public financial oversight and share international good practice.

The Sri Lankan delegates are all members of the parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) and include Committee Chair Hon. Sunil Handunnetti MP, State Minister of Science, Technology and Research Hon. Lakshman Senewiratne MP, Hon. Bimal Rathnayake MP and Hon. Mahindananda Aluthgamage MP.


CPA UK Challenge Fund

16 January 2018

The next deadline for applications to the CPA UK Challenge Fund (formerly known as the Fellowship Scheme) is Friday 23 February 2018. 

The fund offers small bursaries for UK parliamentarians and APPGs to undertake projects or studies in Commonwealth countries. 

For further information see the rules here. Download the application form here.


Québec Minister in UK Parliament to Strengthen UK Canada Relations

29 November 2017

Madame Christine St-Pierre, Québec Minister of International Relations and Francophonie, met with UK MPs to discuss the future of the UK’s relationship with Canada and Québec on Wednesday 29 November.

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK (CPA UK) facilitated meetings that covered trade, culture and academic cooperation, and provided the Minister of International Relations and Francophonie an insight into how the UK Parliament is preparing for the UK’s departure from the European Union.


Commonwealth Parliamentarians Induct New Falkland Islands MLA

21 November 2017

An Induction Programme for newly elected Members of the Legislative Assembly in the Falkland Islands took place from 21-23 November to enable them to build knowledge and practical skills for their roles.

A delegation of parliamentarians and officials from Alderney, Guernsey, Scotland and the UK facilitated the workshop in Stanley, which was organised by the UK branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA UK) in partnership with the Falkland Islands Legislative Assembly.


Members of the St Helena Public Accounts Committee will meet counterparts in Tynwald, Isle of Man and Westminster

20 November 2017

The Chair, Vice Chair, Members, and Clerk of the Public Accounts Committee of St Helena will visit the Isle of Man and Westminster from 27 – 30 November for a capacity-building programme organised by CPA UK.

In addition to observing evidence sessions of the Public Accounts Committees (PACs) of Tynwald and the UK Parliament, the four-day programme offers opportunities for direct exchanges with UK Members of both Houses, committee clerks and officials, representatives of the UK National Audit Office, and other relevant stakeholders. Sharing experience and good practice around crucial committee work, such as the preparation of inquiries and evidence sessions, will build the skills and capacity of the entire committee. The programme has been tailored to the requirements of the Chair, Vice Chair, Members, and Clerk with a view to strengthen the PAC upon their return to St Helena.


Members of Parliament visit refugee camps in Bangladesh amidst Humanitarian Crisis

08 November 2017

10 UK MPs and Peers will visit Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh on 8 November as part of a visit to strengthen ties with Bangladesh and explore the relief efforts from the international community as it searches for a resolution to the issue. 

The visit follows a call for urgent action by Commonwealth Parliamentarians to the international community on 7 November and a briefing by the Bangladeshi Foreign Minister at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Dhaka. UK Parliamentarians will explore the response and coordination from the international community and the valuable contributions from DfID, as part of Parliament's responsibility to scrutinise effectively.

The visit, which has been welcomed by UNHCR and the International Rescue Committee in Bangladesh, will better inform the cross-party delegation of MPs and Peers about the crisis and the humanitarian response to help the 600,000 refugees that have fled from Myanmar.

The visit has been arranged by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK (CPA UK) with the UK Parliament. Both are committed to contributing to sustainable development and supporting good governance and human rights in Bangladesh.


Montserrat to host international parliamentarians and officials for Workshop to support Public Accounts Committee

02 November 2017

A delegation of international parliamentarians and clerks will participate in a workshop in Montserrat from 8-10 November 2017 on parliamentary oversight of public funds. The Workshop - as part of the UK Overseas Territories Project - will enable Parliamentarians and Clerks from the Montserrat Legislative Assembly, the Scottish Parliament, Tynwald in the Isle of Man, and the Parliament of Jamaica to share their experiences with their counterparts and build their effectiveness.

At the launch of the project in Miami in March 2017, Montserrat Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chair, Hon. to Easton Taylor-Farrell MLA, highlighted an opportunity to support the PAC in developing its role in providing public financial scrutiny. PACs are a crucial aspect of public life in giving accountability for how taxpayer’s money is spent and Members of PACs are uniquely placed to represent their constituents and ensure they are getting value for money.


Tynwald and Westminster Parliamentarians to Strengthen Bilateral Ties

25 October 2017

A group of newly elected Members of the Tynwald will visit the UK Parliament for a 3-day Westminster familiarisation programme this week to develop working relationships with their Westminster counterparts.

The programme will cover a wide variety of topics including the current political landscape in Westminster, the role of Select Committees, the daily procedure in the House of Commons and the work of the UK Public Accounts Committee.

Organised by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK (CPA UK), the 9 Tynwald Members will be given the opportunity to familiarise themselves with UK parliamentary procedures from 25 to 27 October.


House of Lords Chamber Event – 1 December

24 October 2017

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 LordsChamber?

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.


Latest News

#ParliForum18 Blog Entry by Philippa Drew CB, Trustee of Kaleidoscope Trust


#ParliForum18 Blog Entry by Jon Davies, Chief Executive of CPA UK


Commonwealth MPs Come Together in London for the Inaugural Forum Ahead of UK-Hosted Heads of Government Meeting



Future Programmes

12 Apr 2018

The 2018 Pacific Islands Parliamentary Workshop: The Westminster system in the Pacific context, New Zealand


26 Apr 2018

Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians' Regional Conference


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