Articles

Rehman Chishti MP hosts Benazir Bhutto Memorial Lecture

Rehman Chishti MP (former adviser to Ms Bhutto) was delighted to host this annual lecture in parliament, which had key note speeches from: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Rt Hon Dominic Grieve MP (Attorney General) Gerald Howarth (Defence Minister), Sir Peter Tapsell (Father of the House) and High Commissioner of Pakistan Wajid Hasan. In attendance was Ms Bakhtwar Bhutto Zardari, The Ambassadors of Turkey and Tunisia to the United Kingdom, as well as many British parliamentarians.

The Commonwealth is vital to our interests, by Peter Oborne

Rarely has any sporting event got under way under the shadow of such relentlessly negative coverage as today’s Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. It’s almost as if a deliberate attempt were being made to jeopardise the competition. These systematic attacks are part of a pattern. For the last 13 years there has been a tendency to view the Commonwealth as little better than a historical artefact – useless, corrupt and worthy only of contempt.

William Hague says human rights are key to UK foreign policy

The devastating floods in Pakistan have affected more than 20 million people, untold numbers of whom have had their homes and livelihoods obliterated in this unfolding tragedy. In the first 20 days of the charity appeal to help the victims of the floods, 300,000 British people donated £33 million, alongside the £64 million given by Britain as a nation through the Department for International Development.

Dinner - The Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH

On Tuesday, 13th July, 2010, Sir John attended the Conservative Foreign and Commonwealth Council Dinner in London. During the question period which followed Sir John’s speech, he was asked to comment on the new Coalition Government:

Annual Diplomatic Summer Party 2010

Sir Ron Halstead, Melissa Crawshay-Williams, Elizabeth Hallett and Dennis Waters: Officers of CFCC, reported that this year's Conservative Foreign and Commonwealth Council summer diplomatic garden party was successful.

Carl Thomson on Ukraine

Carl Thomson addressed the March meeting of the Conservative Foreign and Commonwealth Council on the subject of “Ukraine before and after the Orange Revolution”. Carl is a media commentator on Russian and East European affairs and has worked for several Conservative MPs including John Redwood and Theresa May.

Lord Howell of Guildford - British Foreign Policy

At a time when we should be forging new alliances with the powers that will affect our destiny, when we should be vigorously promoting new and more flexible structures for the EU, when we should be building up the Commonwealth as the ideal soft power network of the future, at a time when we should be massively modernising our security forces to meet asymmetric threats, when we should be reconstructing and upgrading our whole diplomatic system, we are doing none of those things.