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These are some of the events from the recent past:
The BAPG in conjuction with the Foreign Office sent a bi-partisan delegation of British Parliamentarians to Washington DC in early March 2017 to engage with Members of Congress, business and unions on international trade related issues, defence and security co-operation.
Four Parliamentarians attended the Harvard Institute of Politics bi-partisan 'orientation' programme for newly elected Members of Congress (6-8 December 2016) as observers. The programme comprised 'issue seminars' and lectures by Harvard academics and eminent outside speakers. It provided a unique opportunity for the Parliamentarians to establish contacts and engage with their counterparts on bilateral issues.
The BAPG, in partnership with The Ditchley Foundation, co-hosted a panel discussion event on 'Brexit and the transatlantic relationship' on Wednesday, 26th October in the Speaker's State Rooms, by kind permission of the Speaker, the Rt. Hon. John Bercow, MP. The panellists comprised: Sir Martin Sorrell, British businessman and chief executive officer of WPP plc; Ambassador Anthony Gardner, US Ambassador to the European Union and Sir Peter Westmacott, former British Ambassador to the US.
The discussion was introduced by the Rt. Hon. the Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, Chair of The Ditchley Foundation, and chaired by James Arroyo, Director of The Ditchley Foundation.
The British-American Parliamentary Group, in partnership with BritishAmerican Business, hosted a reception in honour of the American Ambassador, H.E. Hon. Matthew W. Barzun, in the Speaker's State Rooms, Speaker's House, by kind permission of Mr. Speaker, on Wednesday, 19th October 2016.
Ambassador Barzun was accompanied by a team of his key staff and the occasion provided an opportunity for many members of the group to establish contacts and discuss US/UK relations.
The British-American Parliamentary Group (BAPG), in conjunction with the Foreign Office, arranged two visits to the US National Conventions this year, each for two members (one government and one opposition) to participate in the respective international programmes.
1. Republican National Convention - Monday, 18th July to Thursday, 21st July in Cleveland, Ohio.
2. Democratic National Convention - Monday, 25th July to Thursday, 28th July in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The BAPG, in conjunction with the American Embassy and the United States Department of State, sent a bi-partisan group of MPs to the United States from the 10th to 20th July 2016 to participate in an International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP) .
The prime purpose of the visit was to give members not already familiar with the United States an overview of its federal and state system of government and also included a short time with a Member of Congress in his/her district.
The 2016 Annual Parliamentary / Congressional Conference was hosted by the US House of Representatives BAPG delegation in Washington DC from Monday, 23rd May to Thursday, 26th May 2016. The House BAPG delegation was led by Representative Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) and the British delegation by BAPG Government Vice Chair and Leader of the House of Commons, the Rt. Hon. Chris Grayling, MP. The two delegations met over three days which included a visit to the United States Naval Accademy in Annapolis, Maryland, meetings with Republican and Democratic leadership and several relevant policy discussion sessions. Outside of the House BAPG meetings the British delegation also took the opportunity of meetings arranged by the British Embassy with calls on Members of Congress, various Departments of the Administration, business, unions and think tanks.
The British-American Parliamentary Group, in conjunction with the Foreign Office, sent a bi-partisan delegation to Washington D.C. and Norfolk, Virginia, in the first week of November 2015, to engage with US decision makers on climate security. In Washington D.C., the delegation met with a range of Administration officials from various agencies with an interest in climate security issues and with Members of Congress on relevant committees in both Houses. They also travelled to the US Naval Station in Norfolk, Virginia, to discuss climate security and military readiness as well as undertake calls with Virginia state politicians and officials to discuss how energy and climate security challenges are being approached at state level.
The programme was arranged by the Energy, Environment and Resource Security Team at the British Embassy in consultation with British Defence Staff at the Embassy and the British-American Parliamentary Group in the UK.
The British-American Parliamentary Group, in partnership with The Ditchley Foundation, hosted a panel discussion on 'Big data: better services, individual privacy and cyber security' on Wednesday, 28th October 2015, at 1:00 pm to 2.30 pm in the Speaker's State Rooms, Speaker's House.
The panellists comprised: Matthew Kirk, Group External Affairs Director of Vodafone Group Services Ltd.; Professor Sir David Ormand, GCB, Visiting Professor, Kings College London and author of 'Securing the State'; Hugh Stevenson, Deputy Director, Office of International Affairs, US Federal Trade Commission and Antony Walker, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, techUK.
Introduced by the Lord
Robertson, Chair of the Ditchley Foundation. Panellists'
presentations were followed by a question and answer
The BAPG, in partnership with the US Department of State and the US Embassy in London, sent eight Members of Parliament, with little or no prior experience of the US, to the US to learn about its political system. The objectives of the 10 day programme were for the Members of Parliament to:
The delegation spent five days in Washington D.C. looking at the federal system of government, three days with a Member of Congress in his/her district and the remaining two days in a state capital learning about that tier of government.
The US Department of State matched the MPs with Members of Congress according to their districts and or policy interests.
The US Senate hosted the Annual Parliamentary / Congressional Conference in the US during the week commencing 20th July. While over in the US, the BAPG delegation took the opportunity of meetings arranged by the British Embassy with members of the US House of Representatives, various departments of the Administration, think tanks, business, unions and other bodies that the members had a particular interest in meeting.
The group's Annual General Meeting took place on Wednesday, 8th July at 3.30 pm in the CPA Room at which the Officers and members of the BAPG Executive Committee 2015-2016 were elected.
The British-American Parliamentary Group ran a stand in the exhibition corner of Portcullis House on Wednesday, 24th June to showcase its programme of activities and invite interest in the group.
The BAPG hosted a reception for the US Ambassador and Embassy Chiefs on Tuesday, 23rd June, in the Speaker's State Rooms, by kind permission of Mr. Speaker, Joint President of the BAPG.
Four members attended, as observers, the Harvard University bi-partisan orientation programme for newly elected Members of Congress, conducted by the Institute of Politics, John F Kennedy School of Government. It provided a valuable opportunity for the British Members of Parliament, as the only foreign legislators to attend, to engage with 24 new Members of Congress and to learn about the prevailing issues in US public policy, via seminars and lectures by prominent scholars and practitioners.
The British-American Parliamentary Group, in partnership with US Embassy, hosted a post US Midterm elections panel discussion on the results and what they will mean for the next two years. The Rt. Hon. Sir Greg Knight, MP introduced and chaired the discussion and the panel included: Professor Philip Davies, Director of the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library; Bill Barnard, formerly of Democrats Abroad and Stacy Hilliard, spokesperson for Republicans Overseas. Brief presentations were followed by a question and answer exchange. We are most grateful to Mr. Speaker for allowing us to hold the event in the Speaker's State Rooms.
The British-American Parliamentary Group, in partnership with The Ditchley Foundation, hosted a panel discussion on British defence policy and the transatlantic relationship on Wednesday, 22nd October 2014 in the Speaker's State Rooms, by kind permission of Mr. Speaker. The discussion was introduced and chaired by Sir John Holmes, Director of The Ditchley Foundation, and the panel included: Mr. James J Townsend Jr., US Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and NATO Policy; Professor Francois Heisbourg, Special Advisor, Fondation pour la Recherche Strategique, Paris; Lord Robertson, Secretary General, NATO and Chairman, North Atlantic Council (1999-2003) and the Rt. Hon. James Arbuthnot, MP, Chairman Defence Select Committee (2005-2014). Presentations were followed by a question and answer exchange.
The group sent a specialist delegation to Chicago and St. Louis from the 8th to 11th September 2014 to look at advanced manufacturing developments and new agricultural and farming techniques, with particular reference to genetically modified crops.
The BAPG hosted the 2014 Annual Parliamentary / Congressional Conference in the UK with a delegation from the U.S. House of Representatives. The U.S. Congressional delegation was led by Representative Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) and the British delegation was led by BAPG Vice President, the Rt. Hon. the Lord Howard of Lympne. The two delegations met over three days and discussed defence and security co-operation, international economic issues, including trade, UK-UK relations and the political outlook for the US and UK.
The postponed 2012 Annual Parliamentary / Congressional Conference with the House of Representatives BAPG took place in Washington D.C. over three days in November at which the British and American delegations discussed: economic issues; defense/security/terrorism issues and the US/UK political outlook. This visit also included meetings arranged by the British Embassy focused on the proposed Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP). The British delegation met with a range of interlocutors in Philadelphia, Delaware and Washington D.C. including state and local officials, Congress, business, the Farm Bureau, the European Commission and the AFL-CIO labour union.
The BAPG, in partnership with The Ditchley Foundation, hosted a panel discussion on 'EU/US free trade: how to overcome political and economic obstacles to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership'. The event was held by kind permission of the Speaker in Speaker's House. Lord Robertson, Chair of The Ditchley Foundation, introduced the discussion and panelists who included the American Ambassador, the Honorable Matthew W. Barzun; Mr. Ignacio Garcia Bercero, Chief Negotiator for EU-US TTIP Negotiations; The Rt. Hon. Douglas Alexander, MP and Mr. Martin Donnelly, Permanent Secretary for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. Presentations were followed by a question and answer exchange.
A delegation of British Members of Parliament met with a delegation of U.S. Senators over three days in Hampshire to discuss areas of mutual interest covering US-UK Defense/Security Cooperation, US-UK Economic Policies and US-UK Political Overview.
The BAPG, in conjunction with the American Embassy and the United States Department of State, sent eight Members of Parliament to the United States from the 21st to 30th July 2013 (arriving back in to the UK the next day). The prime purpose of the visit was to give members not already familiar with the United States an overview of federal and state government and it also included a short time with a Member of Congress in their district.