On 25 May 2016 the House of Lords appointed members to the newly-formed International Relations committee which will “consider the United Kingdom’s international relations”. The appointment followed a recommendation from the House of Lords Liaison Committee in its report of 29 October 2015, which was agreed by the House on 10 November 2015.
We are delighted that two members of the Top Level Group, Lord David Hannay of Chiswick and Lord John Reid of Cardowan, have joined the Committee. For more information on its role and membership, please follow this link: http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/lords-select/international-relations-committee/.
On Tuesday 8 March 2016 former US Secretary of Defense William J. Perry met with Parliamentarians to discuss current issues of nuclear security, deteriorating relations with Russia, and plans for nuclear modernisation.
Dr Perry met in several private sessions at the House of Commons with UK’s top leaders in defence and foreign affairs including members of the Top Level Group. He engaged in Q&A with Parliamentarians on the growing crisis in US and NATO relations with Russia, advocating for the need to set aside animosities and get down to serious dialogue about the issues that unite the countries instead of those that divide them. He believes that dialogue on topics such as stopping ISIS in Syria, nuclear non-proliferation, and preventing terrorism provide a platform for constructive, cooperative effort, possibly opening the door to an improvement in other areas of concern.
Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP
Mr Richard Benyon MP
We are delighted to announce that Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP and Mr Richard Benyon MP have agreed to join the Top Level Group. Their experience and expertise will greatly enhance the work of the Group.
On Wednesday 18 November the Top Level Group welcomed a group of MPs and Lords for a briefing on Trident and the Main Gate decision. The briefing was chaired by TLG convenor, Dame Margaret Beckett MP, and included briefings from TLG member Baroness Williams of Crosby, former Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind and RUSI Director Professor Mike Clarke.
The speakers offered their thoughts on the major issues facing MPs as they approach the decision on whether or not to renew the UK’s nuclear deterrent, and then took questions from the audience on a range of technical and political topics.