Problems with British International Aid

Mr Gordon Bridger, formerly of DFID, gave a slide show presentation arguing that aid has been mis-directed. He quoted Lord Lawson: "British aid on balance did more harm than good".

Annual Summer Diplomatic Party 2013

Baroness Chalker of Wallasey, Patron, Conservative Foreign and Commonwealth Council, and Mr Rehman Chishti MP, Deputy Chairman, were the hosts at the annual Diplomatic Party of the Council held yesterday at the House of Commons.

Funeral of Rt Hon Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven LG, OM, FRS

A cool mist hung in the air. I felt a tangible sense of occasion, complemented by the hushed and curious crowd gathered three or four deep. With heart beating fast, threading my way through the packed throngs I collected my ticket and noted Boris Johnson walking past in his unmistakable and distinctive way.

Rt Hon William Hague MP, Foreign Secretary

CFCC Patron, Rt Hon William Hague MP, Foreign Secretary, was welcomed at the British Academy on 16 October 2012 to address a distinguished audience of academics, ambassadors and FCO members of staff on the vision of Britain’s diplomatic tradecraft in the 21st century

Conservative Party affiliate status

The CFCC is proud to continue its affiliated status with the Conservative Party. During the last year we took part in an audit of groups affiliated to the Conservative Party. On 22 September 2011 we had a letter from Lord Feldman of Elstree and Rt Hon Baroness Warsi, Co-Chairmen of the Conservative Party.

Bodleian Library choose CFCC website for their archives

Our website has been identified by the Bodleian Libraries curators' staff as being of lasting research value and worthy of preservation for the benefit of historians and researchers. They have invited us to participate in their web archiving programme by allowing them to archive our website which records our monthly meetings with Ambassadors and High Commissioners.

Putin's Russia by CFCC President, Rt Hon Sir Malcolm Rifkind KCMG QC MP

At the end of the Cold War, the West would have been delighted to know that 20 years hence the Communist Party would again be rejected by the people of Russia, with the non-Communist candidate winning 63 per cent of the vote. But that was at a time when Russia was a young, struggling democracy and it was far from certain that the Communists would never return to power. Today, things are very different. 

CFCC Treasurer: Dennis Waters

CFCC Members are mourning the loss and coming to terms with the very sad news about our Treasurer, Dennis Waters.Dennis – great friend, supporter, close to the heartbeat of the Conservative Party – has died of a heart attack.


CFCC AGM: Dennis Waters, Secretary - Sir Ronald Halstead CBE, Chairman - Melissa Crawshay-Williams, Secretary.

Dinner with The Rt Hon The Lord Howe of Aberavon CH QC

Sir Ronald Halstead, CBE, chairman of the CFCC, hosted the annual diplomatic dinner at the Cadogan Hall, Chelsea in association with the Conservative Political Forum of Kensington, Chelsea and Fulham Conservatives chairman, Dennis Waters. The Rt. Hon. The Lord Howe of Aberavon, CH, QC, was Guest of Honour and spoke on "The World Ahead - and Why".