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Commonwealth High Commissioners' Christmas Reception

The Rt Hon Lord Howell of Guildford, CFCC Patron, gave an inspiring and visionary introductory speech to numerous High Commissioners and members present outlining the relevance of our Commonwealth friends in our current global context increasingly driven by the digital age and our core strength i

Rt Hon Lord Hamilton of Epsom

Lord Hamilton of Epsom gave a rousing speech about current political activity in the UK, EU and US.

He said 10% of the House of Lords wanted to leave but believed that Article 50 would go through and that negotiations would then begin.

Austrian Ambassador

Ambassador Martin EICHTINGER hosted a marvellous Briefing and Reception for members including the Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Austria, Sir Peter Bottomley MP.

Annual Diplomatic Garden Party

The Tolands' Diplomatic Garden Party. The Annual Summer Diplomatic party was organised by the Conservative Foreign and Commonwealth Council and took place in Chelsea on 14th July. It was a hugely enjoyable evening of socialising, champagne, and canapés, with a broad theme of developing friendly and constructive diplomatic and foreign relations. In the course of the evening an elegant musical interlude was performed on the oboe by Henry Crawshay-Williams, accompanied by the most responsive music stand to date (Oliver Wright). With the theme of Brexit still fresh on everyone’s minds, a rousing speech was given by local MP Victoria Borwick encouraging communities, neighbours, and colleagues to work together to foster a general sense of inclusion. Britain leaving the EU need not bring with it division and social cleavage, therefore Victoria Borwick encouraged us to consider our actions in order to prevent this. A few words were also said by the President of the CFCC, Sir Ronald Halstead CBE. Among his current posts include council member of the European Policy Forum, President of the Engineering Industries Association and an APPG advisor for Trade & Investment. While Sir Ronald refused to directly state his opinion on Brexit, he put substantial emphasis on Britain’s need to focus on developing our trade with the rest of the world. Included among the evening’s attendees were the diplomatic corps of a significant number of countries.  A great thanks and congratulations to Melissa Crawshay-Williams for organising the wonderful evening .   Lucy Bracken

House of Lords Diplomatic Party

The Annual Summer Diplomatic party, organised by the Conservative Foreign and Commonwealth Council, took place on June 22nd 2016 in the Cholmondeley Room of the House of Lords 

Malaysian High Commissioner

HE Dato' Ahmad Rasidi Hazizi gave a rousing Briefing to a packed audience last night that included British Malaysian Society members and the Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Malaysia, Sir William Cash MP, covering foreign policy priorities, the economic situation and bilateral relations with UK and Malaysia.   

Cambodia Ambassador

The Ambassador of the Royal Embassy of Cambodia, HE Meas Kim Heng, spoke on a wide range of issues