British-American Parliamentary Group

Organisation

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 administrative 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 Administrator, 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

Government
Rehman Chishti, MP
Stephen Hammond, MP
Ranil Jayawardena, MP
Jack Lopresti, MP
Alan Mak, MP
Opposition
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
Conservative Party
The Baroness O’Cathain, OBE
The Rt. Hon. the Lord Trimble
Labour Party
The Rt. Hon. the Lord Anderson of Swansea, DL
The Rt. Hon. the Baroness Jay of Paddington
Liberal Democrat
The Lord Fox
Cross Bench
The Rt. Hon. the Lord Fellowes, GCB, GCVO, QSO

Programme Manager: Hannah Mitchell

In Washington, the BAPG is authorized by law, with the Speaker of the House and the Senate Majority Leader appointing and authorizing Members of the House and Senate to meet with MPs 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 led by Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), Chair and Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, respectively.  It is they who convene the Senate delegations to the Group meetings.

In the United States House of Representatives, Representative George Holding (R-North Carolina) is chair of the House BAPG.  He sits on the House Ways and Means Committee and is a member of the sub committee on trade amongst others.

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.