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

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.