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The Royal Commonwealth Society is well recognised for our convening role. Formally, we serve as the Secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Commonwealth in the UK Parliament. The Group has an active membership of around 80 Parliamentarians who share an interest in the Commonwealth.

This and other informal, convening roles enable us to bring together policymakers with diplomatic representatives and civil society to keep members aware of the range of governmental and non-governmental activities and programmes carried out underneath the Commonwealth brand.

The APPG is chaired by Andrew Rosindell MP. Lord Howell of Guildford acts as Honorary President. The Vice-Chairs of the APPG are:

  • Baroness Uddin

  • Paul Bristow MP

  • Bob Stewart MP

  • Baroness Hooper

  • Chi Onwurah MP

  • Peter Bottomley MP

  • Baroness Prashar

  • Sheryll Murray MP

  • Sir Edward Leigh MP

  • Rob Butler MP

  • Conor McGinn MP

  • Lord Mendelsohn

  • Baroness Hoey 

  • Sammy Wilson MP

  • Baroness Finlay of Llandaff 

  • Mary Robinson MP

  • Bob Blackman MP

  • Lord Addington

  • Dr Lisa Cameron MP

  • Lord Popat 

  • Tommy Sheppard MP

  • Baroness Mobarik 

During the year the Society works with the APPG to develop a programme of meetings. Previous speakers have included:

  • His Excellency Mr Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan

  • Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, UK Minister for South Asia and the Commonwealth

  • Her Excellency Yamina Karityani, High Commissioner for the Republic of Rwanda

  • Mr Philip Parham CMG, UK Envoy to the Commonwealth


Registered Contact:

Andrew Rosindell MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA.
Tel: 020 7219 8475



Public Enquiry Point:

Elizabeth van der Valk, Royal Commonwealth Society, 40-41 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5JQ.
Tel: 020 3727 4300


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