Read the latest news about the British Council APPG and find out about related events below.

Meeting on British Council in Countries with Security Risk and AGM

On 10 July 2018, the British Council APPG held a meeting with Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive of the British Council, and Kate Ewart-Biggs, Global Network Director British Council, hosted by John Baron MP on British Council in Countries with Security Risk. The meeting was followed by an AGM, chaired by John Baron MP and attended by Lord Purvis of Tweed, Baroness Thornton, Baroness Suttie and Damian Green MP. John Baron MP was re-elected as Chair, Stephen Kinnock MP as Treasurer and the following were re-elected as Vice-Chairs:  Baroness Hooper, Baroness Grey-Thompson, Baroness Coussins, Lord Alderdice, Baroness Suttie, Mark Prisk MP, Lord Purvis of Tweed, Conor McGinn MP, and Lord Watson of Invergowrie.

New Chair and Officers elected

The British Council APPG held an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on 17 May 2018. John Baron MP was elected as the new Chair of the group, and David Warburton MP stood down. The following new Officers were elected: Baroness Suttie, Lord Purvis, Conor McGinn MP and Lord Watson. Lord MacLennan of Rogart stood down from his position as Officer. The following members of the House of Lords and House of Commons were present at the EGM: David Warburton MP, John Baron MP, Baroness Hooper, Lord Alderdice, Lord Purvis, Lord Watson of Invergowrie, Lord McInnes, Lord German, Lord Hunt of Chesterton, and Lord Dholakia.

Launch of the Languages for the Future report

On 19 December 2017, The British Council APPG and Modern Languages APPG launched the British Council’s Languages for the Future report. The reception was jointly hosted by Mark Prisk MP and Baroness Coussins. Over seventy policymakers and sector experts were in attendance. The report recommends that now is the moment to initiate a bold new policy to improve language learning for a transformational ‘Global Britain’, and that languages should form an integral part of the strategic review of skills that the UK will need post-Brexit, and that schools should prioritise language-learning alongside Science, Technology Engineering and Maths.

Launch of APPG Inquiry report on Building Young People’s Resilience to Violent Extremism in the Middle East and North Africa

On 12 December 2017, the British Council APPG launched the APPG’s report on Building Young People’s Resilience to Violent Extremism in the Middle East and North Africa. The panel was made up of:  Rebecca Crozier, Regional Director, Europe and MENA, International Alert; Professor Tahir Abbas, Visiting Senior Fellow, Department of Government, London School of Economics and Political Science; and Senior Research Fellow, RUSI; Sir Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive, British Council Baroness Hodgson, Member British Council APPG Inquiry Committee; Stephen Gethins MP, Member British Council APPG Inquiry Committee. The launch was attended by fifty policymakers and sector experts.

New Officers elected

On 18 July 2017, the British Council APPG AGM was held. Baroness Suttie, Lord Maclennan of Rogart, and Mark Prisk MP were voted in as Vice Chairs. John Glen MP stepped down as Secretary of the APPG given his new role as Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport).

Welcome to the new British Council APPG website. You'll find information on APPG events, inquiries and reports on this site, along with details of our membership and officers.