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)

Parliamentary Briefing on the Iran Nuclear Deal

Iran deal briefing

Yesterday Wednesday 15 July, the Top Level Group and the APPG on Global Security and Non Proliferation jointly hosted a parliamentary briefing on the Iranian nuclear deal with expert speaker Mark Fitzpatrick, Director of the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme at the Institute for International and Strategic Studies (IISS). The event was chaired by TLG member Lord Hannay of Chiswick.

Dr Fitzpatrick briefed the audience on the positive and negative aspects of the deal highlighting key details and subtleties of the reached agreement and shed light on some of the consequences for the global non-proliferation regime.

TLG members Lord West of Spithead, Baroness Williams of Crosby, Lord Robertson of Port Ellen and Lord Boyce also attended the briefing.

For a summary of Dr Fitzpatrick’s remarks, please click here.

‘The devil is in the details: What could a deal with Iran look like?’

On Wednesday 17th June 2015 two leading experts on the Iranian nuclear negotiations, Dr Bruno Tertrais and ELN Research Director Lukasz Kulesa, briefed members of the TLG on prospects for a deal and what form it should take. The event,’The devil is in the details: What could a deal with Iran look like?’ was chaired by TLG member Lord Hannay of Chiswick. TLG members Lord Browne of Ladyton, Lord Kerr of Kinlochard, Lord King of Bridgwater and Lord Owen also attended.

For more information about the event and for a detailed summary of the proceedings, please click here.

The event was co-organised by the European Leadership Network, the APPG on Global Security and Non Proliferation, and the European Foundation for Democracy.

Former Convenor wins Nuclear Security award

Lord Desmond Browne, former Convenor of the TLG, Chairman of the ELN and former UK Defence Secretary, and Ambassador Igor Ivanov, former Russian Foreign Minister, have been awarded the Nunn-Lugar Prize for Promoting Nuclear Security.

The Nunn-Lugar Award for Promoting Nuclear Security is awarded biennially by Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace to individuals or institutions whose work has resulted in clear, discernible progress toward strengthening global security and peaceful co-existence among nations, by preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons and reducing the risk of their use. The award is named after former U.S. Senators Nunn and Lugar, and is a tribute to Andrew Carnegie, who dedicated much of his philanthropy to the goal of achieving world peace. The award carries a $50,000 prize, which both Lord Browne and Ambassador Ivanov are donating to their respective organisations.

Lord Browne commented, saying, “I am delighted and honored to receive the Nunn-Lugar award alongside my friend and colleague Igor Ivanov and am grateful to the leaders of Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for their unwavering commitment to peace and security. I share this award with the men and women –– inside and outside of government –– who work tirelessly every day on the difficult and important work of reducing nuclear dangers globally.”

For more information on both the Nunn-Lugar Award, the Carnegie Corporation of New York and this years recipients, click here.