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Who We Are

Who We Are

The international Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) is the professional association of all Commonwealth parliamentarians, an active network of over 17,000 parliamentarians from 175 national, state, provincial and territorial Parliaments and Legislatures.

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK Branch (CPA UK) is one of the largest and most active branches in the CPA community and delivers a unique annual programme both in Westminster and overseas. Governed by an Executive Committee of parliamentarians from all main parties and with a membership of Members from both Houses of Parliament, CPA UK undertakes international parliamentary outreach on behalf of the UK Parliament and the wider CPA.

With a specific focus on parliamentary diplomacy and parliamentary strengthening activities, CPA UK seeks to foster co-operation and understanding between parliaments, promote good parliamentary practice and advance parliamentary democracy.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is made up of 20 parliamentarians from both the House of Commons and the House of Lords elected at the Annual General Meeting. It also includes two sub-committees, the Finance, Audit and Remuneration Sub-Committee and the Policy, Plans and Programmes Sub-Committee. 

The current members of the Executive Committee are:

James Duddridge MP - Chair

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods MP - Hon. Treasurer

Nigel Evans MP - Vice Chair

Rt Hon. David Hanson MP - Vice Chair 

Rt Hon. Lord Foulkes of Cumnock - Vice Chair

Baroness Berridge

Rt Hon. Baroness Corston

Rt Hon. Lord Dholakia OBE DL

Rt Hon. Baroness D'Souza CMG

Chris Law MP

Ian Liddell-Grainger MP

Lord McColl of Dulwich CBE 

Rt Hon. Maria Miller MP

Madeleine Moon MP

Ian Murray MP

Ian Paisley MP

Andrew Rosindell MP

Rt Hon. Keith Vaz MP

Valerie Vaz MP

The current Executive Committee was elected at CPA UK's 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM), which took place on 12 July.  

Presidents and Chair of the Branch

The Presidents of CPA UK are the Lord Speaker and the Speaker of the House of Commons. The Prime Minister, Rt Hon. Theresa May MP, is ex-officio Chair of the Branch.

Latest News

#ParliForum18 Blog Entry by Jon Davies, Chief Executive of CPA UK


Commonwealth MPs Come Together in London for the Inaugural Forum Ahead of UK-Hosted Heads of Government Meeting


Members of a Financial Committee in the Parliament of Sri Lanka visit UK Parliament



Future Programmes

12 Apr 2018

The 2018 Pacific Islands Parliamentary Workshop: The Westminster system in the Pacific context, New Zealand


26 Apr 2018

Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians' Regional Conference


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