On the passing of Geoffrey Howe

It is with great sadness that the Top Level Group notes the passing of Geoffrey, Lord Howe of Aberavon. Lord Howe was an active and much respected member of the Group, committed to the causes of multilateral nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues.

New York Times Publish TLG Letter Supporting Iran Deal

The New York Times have today (25 July 2014) published a letter signed by 10 members of the TLG in support of the Iran deal. The letter can be viewed here.

The full letter and signatories is as follows:

“To the Editor:
We, members of the Top Level Group of U.K. Parliamentarians for Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation, believe that the agreement reached between the six world powers and Iran is a major step toward building stability and peace in the Middle East.

The agreement is comprehensive and covers the main areas of concern over Iran’s nuclear program. It includes intrusive, detailed measures for verification and inspection of Iran’s civil nuclear program, in line with the requirements of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s additional protocol. In effect, it sharply reduces the amount of enriched uranium Iran can hold and freezes further enrichment for between 10 to 15 years.

Iran is a major regional power. Keeping it fully within the structures of the Nonproliferation Treaty is an important element in building the rule of law in a region that is being torn apart by national, religious and local conflict.

We very much hope that our legislative colleagues in the United States Congress, in their deliberations on these issues, will bear in mind the multilateral nature of the agreement, the value of sustaining that coalition for its successful implementation, and the views that we have expressed.

We trust also that they appreciate that these views are shared by a majority of the United States’ most loyal allies, including the members of the European Union and the European members of NATO.”


1. George Robertson, (Lord Robertson, former NATO Secretary General, former Secretary of State for Defence)
2. Michael Boyce, (Admiral the Lord Boyce, former Chief of the Defence Staff and First Sea Lord of the Royal Navy)
3. Margaret Beckett MP, (former Foreign Secretary)
4. Des Browne (Lord Browne of Ladyton, former Defence Secretary)
5. Alan West (Lord West, First Sea Lord and Commander in Chief of the Royal Navy)
6. David Owen (Lord Owen, former Foreign Secretary)
7. Tom King (Lord King of Bridgwater, former Defence Secretary)
8. John Kerr (Lord Kerr of Kinlochard, former British Ambassador to the United States)
9. Shirley Williams (Baroness Williams of Crosby, former Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords)
10. David Hannay (Lord Hannay of Chiswick, former British Ambassador to the European Communities and the UN)