The Top Level Group (TLG) of UK Parliamentarians for Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation is a cross-party group of senior British parliamentarians who share the belief that multilateral nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation and nuclear security are critical global issues ought to be addressed, as a priority, by governments worldwide. This group is made up of almost all of the former British Foreign and Defence Secretaries over the last two decades, former Chiefs of the Defence Staff and prominent British diplomats who also served during the same period.
The members share the view of the need to work towards a world free from nuclear weapons. However, they believe that this is only achievable through multilateral and incremental steps which also maintain national and international security. The individual members of this group are experienced, high profile and highly influential in the political arena. In pooling the talents of these individuals, the TLG utilizes their combined skills, knowledge and experience to provide further political impetus for constructive and concrete policy outcomes in the UK, Europe and the US.
The Top Level Group encourages better quality of public discourse and understanding on these issues by participating in public and private events; tabling questions and participating in debates in the House of Commons and the House of Lords; meeting with politicians, military figures and diplomats as well as key policy decision-makers from the UK, continental Europe, Russia and the US; and also coordinating activities with their counterparts across Europe, through the European Leadership Network.
We aim to take advantage of the opportunity that this unique group will provide to:
- Influence and support the UK government’s commitment to taking a lead on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation;
- Make a UK contribution to the development of a European network of similar parliamentary groups;
- Make an important contribution to the proposed ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) by the US; and
- Advocate the agreement of a Fissile Material Cut Off Treaty (FMCT).