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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

Indonesia Ambassador

 The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Indonesia  In partnership with the Conservative Foreign & Commonwealth Council  Informal Briefing and discussion  With HE Rizal Sukma, The new Ambassador to Indonesia

Ukraine Briefing

 CONSERVATIVE FOREIGN & COMMONWEALTH COUNCIL In partnership with The British Ukrainian Society and Ukraine All Party Parliamentary Group     The Rt Hon The Lord Hunt of Wirral hosted 

Dr. Damian Tobin, SOAS China Institute and DeFiMS

Dr Tobin spoke about developments in China's financial and steel sectors and their implications for the UK, in particular highlighting the importance of 2020 as a target for China to reach a moderately prosperous economy. 

Rt Hon Desmond Swayne MP

"Long term economic development is the aim of my department".  Summary points below