Activities: Executive Committee

BGIPU pleased to confirm that Alex Sobel MP has been selected by its Executive Committee as its COP26 Rapporteur.

Alex Sobel MP selected as Rapporteur to advance IPU engagement in COP26

BGIPU is very pleased to confirm that Alex Sobel MP has been selected by its Executive Committee as its COP26 Rapporteur. Given the joint UK-Italy presidency, he will work closely with the IPU President, Duarte Pacheco, the IPU Secretariat and the Italian Parliament-appointed Rapporteur Alessia Rotta, Chair of the Environment, Territory and Public Works Standing […]

BGIPU Chair Harriett Baldwin MP sits in a socially distanced hybrid House of Commons during a debate in May 2020

BGIPU remains extremely active and engaged despite marking one year under lockdown

With UK Parliamentary travel suspended since March 2020 and all IPU meetings cancelled or being held virtually online, the COVID-19 global pandemic represents the most serious disruption to the work of BGIPU since the two World Wars of the 20th century.  Over the last year, as the global pandemic spread to an estimated 120 million […]

On 11 March, BGIPU hosted a virtual parliamentary briefing with British Ambassadors to UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Oman, and the Chargé d’Affaires to Kuwait. The event was chaired by BGIPU Executive Committee member and Chair of the Saudi Arabia and Oman APPG, Mr Mark Menzies MP.

British Ambassadors in Gulf region brief parliamentarians on UK relations & regional trends

On 11 March, BGIPU hosted a virtual parliamentary briefing with British Ambassadors to UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Oman, and the Chargé d’Affaires to Kuwait. The event was chaired by BGIPU Executive Committee member and Chair of the Saudi Arabia and Oman APPG, Mr Mark Menzies MP. It was well-attended by MPs and Peers from […]

On 11 March, BGIPU held a bilateral meeting between UK and Danish Parliamentarians led by Co-Chair of the Denmark APPG Baroness McIntosh of Pickering.

Many common interests between UK and Danish counterparts discussed

On 11 March, BGIPU held a bilateral meeting between UK and Danish Parliamentarians. The discussion was led by Co-Chair of the Denmark APPG Baroness McIntosh of Pickering, and she was joined by fellow APPG members Andrew Rosindell MP, Lord Mountevans and Viscount Craigavon.  Also in attendance was the BGIPU Chair Harriett Baldwin MP, plus Dr […]

Marking IWD 2021, the meeting had a timely focus on the importance of inclusive parliaments in the response to the gender impacts of the global pandemic, not least with the recent release of the Centenary Action Group’s report on the Remotely Representative Parliament: Lesson Learning from the Hybrid Parliament written by Dr Jess Smith with Professor Sarah Childs. Copyright UK Parliament/ Jessica Taylor

BGIPU Chair leads parliamentary event marking International Women’s Day 2021

On Tuesday 9th March, in association with the Women in Parliament APPG, BGIPU hosted an event to celebrate International Women’s Day. BGIPU Chair Harriett Baldwin MP moderated the esteemed panel which included academics Dr Jessica Smith and Professor Sarah Childs who were joined by Clerk Assistant, Sarah Davies, Chair of the Procedure Committee, The Rt […]

On 17 February, UK and Lithuanian parliamentarians met virtually chaired by the Lithuania APPG Chair, The Rt Hon Mark Pritchard MP from the UK side and by Mr Zygimantas Pavilionis, Chair of the Lithuanian parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, from the Lithuanian side.

Close relations between UK and Lithuania reaffirmed in bilateral exchange

On 17 February, UK and Lithuanian parliamentarians met virtually to discuss bilateral relations, regional dynamics and their respective responses to COVID-19. The meeting was chaired by the Lithuania APPG Chair, The Rt Hon Mark Pritchard MP from the UK side and by Mr Zygimantas Pavilionis, Chair of the Lithuanian parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, from […]

On 11 February 2021, BGIPU convened a virtual bilateral meeting between UK and Belgian Parliamentarians, moderated by Damien Moore MP, Chair of the Belgium APPG.

Bilateral exchange with counterparts from Belgium reflects close & enduring ties

On 11 February 2021, BGIPU convened a virtual bilateral meeting between UK and Belgian Parliamentarians. The meeting was moderated by Damien Moore MP, Chair of the Belgium APPG. In attendance from the UK side was: Baroness Hooper, Chris Loder MP, the Duke of Wellington, Ian Paisley MP, Lord Balfe, Lord Kirkhope and Margaret Ferrier MP. […]

BGIPU hosted an exchange chaired by our Executive Committee member Lord Kirkhope for UK parliamentarians with the Ambassador of France to the UK, HE Ambassador Catherine Colonna and  the Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Germany to the UK, Ms Julia Gross.

UK Parliamentarians enjoy exchange with French Ambassador and German Deputy Head of Mission

BGIPU hosted an exchange chaired by our Executive Committee member Lord Kirkhope for UK parliamentarians with the Ambassador of France to the UK, HE Ambassador Catherine Colonna, and the Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Germany to the UK, Ms Julia Gross, which covered a wide range of issues including the shared benefits […]