The British-American Parliamentary Group is an all party, bilateral, inter-parliamentary body.
The Group acts as an autonomous body within Parliament. It appoints its own staff to carry out its objectives and the Rules of the Group define the limitations on its powers.
The management of the Group is vested in the Executive Committee. The Honorary Secretary and the Joint Honorary Treasurers are nominated by the Executive Committee and ratified each year at the Annual General Meeting as additional members of the Executive Committee with full voting rights. They are primarily responsible for the Group’s activities and the Programme Manager, who is an official of the Committee and not a member, is responsible for the executive work of the Group. The Chair of the Group is the Prime Minister. The two Vice-Chairs of the Executive Committee are normally of Cabinet and Shadow Cabinet rank.
|Officers and Members of the Executive Committee 2018-2019|
|Honorary Joint Presidents||The Speaker of the House of Commons
The Lord Speaker
|Honorary Vice-Presidents||The Rt. Hon. Dame Margaret Beckett, DBE, MP
Ian Blackford, MP
The Rt. Hon. the Baroness Boothroyd, OM
The Rt. Hon. Iain Duncan Smith, MP
The Rt. Hon. the Lord Falconer of Thoroton, QC
The Rt. Hon. the Lord Hague of Richmond
The Rt. Hon. Philip Hammond, MP
The Rt. Hon. the Lord Howard of Lympne, CH, QC
The Rt. Hon. Boris Johnson, MP
The Rt. Hon. the Lord Jopling, DL
The Rt. Hon. the Lord Mackay of Clashfern, KT
The Rt. Hon. the Lord Martin of Springburn
The Rt. Hon. Ed Miliband, MP
The Rt. Hon. Andrew Mitchell, MP
The Rt. Hon. the Lord Morris of Aberavon, KG, QC
The Rt. Hon. the Lord Owen, CH
Tom Watson, MP
|Honorary Chair||The Prime Minister|
|Honorary Vice-Chairs||The Rt. Hon. Dr. Liam Fox, MP
Nia Griffith, MP
|Honorary Secretary||The Rt. Hon. Sir Greg Knight, MP|
|Honorary Treasurers||Sir Christopher Chope, OBE, MP
The Rt. Hon. John Spellar, MP
As a result of the elections held at the Group’s Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 11th July 2018, the following Members were elected to the Executive Committee to serve until the Annual General Meeting in July 2019:
|Members of the Executive Committee 2018-2019
House of Commons
Rehman Chishti, MP
Stephen Hammond, MP
Ranil Jayawardena, MP
Jack Lopresti, MP
Alan Mak, MP
The Rt. Hon. Ann Clwyd, MP
Yvonne Fovargue, MP
The Rt. Hon. John Healey, MP
Diana Johnson, MP
The Rt. Hon. Kevan Jones, MP
Conor McGinn, MP
|House of Lords|
The Baroness O’Cathain, OBE
The Rt. Hon. the Lord Trimble
The Rt. Hon. the Lord Anderson of Swansea, DL
The Rt. Hon. the Baroness Jay of Paddington
The Lord Fox
The Rt. Hon. the Lord Fellowes, GCB, GCVO, QSO
Programme Manager: Hannah Mitchell
In Washington D.C., the BAPG is authorized by law, with the Senate Majority Leader and the Speaker of the House appointing and authorizing Members of the Senate and House to meet with Parliamentarians for annual conferences and other activities. Funding is obtained each year through appropriations to pay for its expenses.
In the United States Senate, the BAPG is presently led by Senator John Boozman (R-Arkansas) as Chair and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) as Vice Chair. It is they who will convene the Senate delegations to the Group meetings.
In the United States House of Representatives, as the Democratic Party won the majority at the US Midterms in November 2018, we await confirmation of the BAPG Chair and Vice Chair following the convening of the new Congress on 3rd January 2019.
It is the commitment of the Chairs and Vice Chairs of the Senate and House BAPG and other Congressional leaders and their staff which ensures the continuity of these links between the two legislatures.