The British-American Parliamentary Group is a cross-party, bicameral, inter-parliamentary group.
It 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 from the House of Commons are normally of Cabinet and Shadow Cabinet rank.
|Officers and Members of the Executive Committee 2023-2024
|Honorary Joint Presidents
|The Speaker of the House of Commons
The Lord Speaker
|The Rt. Hon. Dame Margaret Beckett, DBE, MP
The Rt. Hon. Ian Blackford, MP
The Rt. Hon. Sir Iain Duncan Smith, MP
The Rt. Hon. the Lord Falconer of Thoroton, KC
The Rt. Hon. the Lord Hague of Richmond
The Rt. Hon. the Lord Howard of Lympne, CH, KC
The Rt. Hon. Jeremy Hunt, MP
The Rt. Hon. the Lord Jopling, DL
The Rt. Hon. Ed Miliband, MP
The Rt. Hon. Andrew Mitchell, MP
The Rt. Hon. the Lord Owen, CH
The Rt. Hon. Dominic Raab, MP
The Rt. Hon. Sir Keir Starmer, KCB, KC, MP
Stephen Flynn, MP
|The Prime Minister
|The Rt. Hon. James Cleverly, MP
The Rt. Hon. David Lammy, MP
The Rt. Hon. the Baroness Jay of Paddington
|The Rt. Hon. John Spellar, MP
|The Rt. Hon. Sir Greg Knight, MP
Sir Christopher Chope, OBE, MP
As a result of the elections held at the Group’s Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 12th July 2023, the following members were elected to the Executive Committee, to serve until the Annual General Meeting in July 2024:
|Members of the Executive Committee 2023-2024
House of Commons
Rehman Chishti, MP
Philip Davies, MP
The Rt. Hon. Chris Grayling, MP
Stephen Hammond, MP
Jack Lopresti, MP
Yvonne Fovargue, MP (Labour)
The Rt. Hon. John Healey, MP (Labour)
The Rt. Hon. Dame Diana Johnson, DBE, MP (Labour)
The Rt. Hon. Kevan Jones, MP (Labour)
Chi Onwuarah, MP (Labour)
|House of Lords
The Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate
The Rt. Hon. the Lord Haselhurst
The Rt. Hon. the Lord Anderson of Swansea, DL
The Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, KT GCMG
The Lord Fox
The Earl of Devon
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 leadership has yet to appoint a successor to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) as Chair of the Senate BAPG, who retired from the Senate in January 2023. The Republican Vice Chair remains Senator John Boozman (R-Arkansas). It is the Chair and Vice Chair who will convene the Senate delegations to the Group meetings.
In the United States House of Representatives, the House leadership has recently appointed Rep. Bob Latta (R-Ohio) as Chair of the House BAPG, who serves on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
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.