House of Lords Diplomatic Party

The Annual Diplomatic Party hosted  by The Rt Hon Lord Howell of Guildford was a great success yesterday with members and diplomatic  guests engaged in animated networking while enjoying views from the Terrace of the House of Lords.

Diplomatic Garden Party

A good number of diplomatic corps graced the CFCC Annual Garden Party this year. Sir Ronald Halstead CBE, President, spoke as did Lord Sheikh:  he was brought up in Kenya and Uganda and can speak 7 languages.  He arrived penniless in the UK.

High Commissioner for Canada to the UK

An excellent Briefing was held at Canada House chaired by The Rt Hon the Baroness Chalker of Wallasey. The new Foreign Office/Department for International Development Minister, The Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP also spoke. A number of Peers attended.

The Rt Hon The Baroness Chalker of Wallasey

Baroness Lynda Chalker spoke about African affairs:  "Never dull, the African Continent will always challenge the developed World".

This was a broad-ranging highly informative upbeat briefing about the great potential for Africa, from the founder of Africa Matters .

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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