Meet UK Parliamentarians at this year’s Parliamentary Reception for Commonwealth Scholars
The Parliamentary Reception for Commonwealth Scholars offers a rare opportunity to hear from UK Members of Parliament (MPs) and Members of the House of Lords (Peers) at the heart of government in Westminster. The event is a fantastic occasion for Scholars to learn more about the roles of legislators and policymakers, as well as gaining an insight on the workings of the House of Commons and House of Lords in the UK.
The annual Parliamentary event is jointly organised by the CSC and the Council for Education in the Commonwealth’s (CEC) CSFP Support Group. It is co-sponsored and hosted by the UK Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA UK) for Commonwealth Scholars and Fellows.
13:45 Scholars arrive at CPA room
14:00 Welcome by the hosts – CEC, CPA UK, and CSC
14:15 Minister Vicky Ford on the role of the ministerial office
14:40 The Lord Shipley of Gosforth on working in the House of Lords
15:30 Tea reception with invited Parliamentarians
16:30 Group tours of the Palace of Westminster
17:15 Conclusion of the programme
Dr Alastair Niven LVO OBE, Chair of the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) Support Group and Trustee of the Council for Education in the Commonwealth (CEC)
Mr Jon Davies, Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK (CPA UK)
Professor Robin Mason, Chair of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK (CSC) and Pro-Vice Chancellor (International) at the University of Birmingham
Minister Vicky Ford MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Minister for Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean) and Conservative MP for Chelmsford
The Lord Shipley of Gosforth OBE, Member of the House of Lords and formerly Leader of Newcastle City Council