What is the BGIPU?

  • R to L - Chair Nigel Evans MP, Ian Liddell-Grainger MP and Dr Lisa Cameron MP comprise the UK Governing Council delegation at the 133rd IPU Assembly in October 2015
  • Discussion with counterparts from Iraq at the 130th IPU Assembly
  • A visiting delegation from Senegal outside Buckingham Palace

The BGIPU aims to serve Britain’s interests through advancing the Parliamentary dimension of Britain’s foreign relations.

In common with other IPU national groups in many countries, the BGIPU consists of members of all parties and the cross-benches. Membership comprises all members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords who are deemed full members of BGIPU by virtue of their standing in the UK Parliament.

The priority for the BGIPU’s parliamentary diplomacy effort is to promote and consolidate Britain’s interests abroad and engage Parliamentarians in key global issues. The BGIPU works to expand awareness and understanding of foreign relations and the contribution to be made by the UK Parliament to consolidate parliamentary democracy worldwide.

Through encouraging trade and sustainable economic development, supporting effective global peace and security mechanisms, defending universal human rights norms and respect for the rule of law, the BGIPU seeks to advance the key role that parliaments can play in international affairs

This includes cooperation at a multilateral level through the IPU, particularly in promoting parliamentary capacity building and bolstering democratic norms and institutions. The BGIPU also seeks to ensure that there is greater parliamentary input to multilateral dialogue, in particular through the United Nations system.

The British Group is governed by an Executive Committee whose members are elected according to the Rules of the Group, at the Annual General Meeting. The Executive is supported in carrying out the programme of the Group by a full-time Secretariat.