CHAMP St Patrick’s Day Reception 2017

On Tuesday, 14 March, CHAMP held its annual St Patrick’s Day Reception on the House of Lords Terrace, hosted jointly by our four Co-Chairs Baroness Blood, Lord Dubs, Baroness Harris and Baroness O’Cathain.

CHAMP was pleased to welcome special guest speakers Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Northern Ireland Office Kris Hopkins MP, Ambassador of Ireland to Great Britain HE Dan Mulhall and Chair of the Ireland & Irish in Britain All Party Parliamentary Group Conor McGinn MP, who used the event to underline the importance of good British – Irish relations and relations on the island of Ireland.

CHAMP welcomed business and community leaders as well as politicians from across Britain, Ireland and Northern Ireland to the event and we were delighted that distinguished singer Peter Corry performed at the event.

Commenting on the event, CHAMP Director James Winston said:

“At a crucial time for British – Irish diplomatic relations, the CHAMP St Patrick’s Day Reception celebrates the tremendous progress that has been made in peace and prosperity across these islands.

“We must all redouble our efforts to promote good relations in the coming months and years and CHAMP will work hard to create spaces where people can come together to express their views forcefully, but with respect.”

CHAMP is very grateful to our sponsors Tourism Ireland, The Irish Post and the Financial Services Union of Ireland.

CHAMP UK Parliamentary Delegation to Dublin

CHAMP is pleased to have led its first delegation of MPs and Peers from Westminster to meet with TDs and Senators in the Houses of the Oireachtas, and to engage with the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the British Embassy in Dublin.

During the visit, CHAMP organised bilateral meetings with opposition parties in the Dáil Éireann and a meeting with An Taoiseach in Government Buildings.

CHAMP later held a reception in the Dáil Éireann, which was addressed by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Northern Ireland Office Kris Hopkins MP, British Ambassador to Ireland HE Robin Barnett CMG, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Ireland & the Irish in Britain Conor McGinn MP, Senator Frank Feighan and proprietor of The Irish Post Mr Elgin Loane. CHAMP was pleased to welcome business, community and political leaders from across the island of Ireland to the event.

Commenting on the visit, CHAMP Director James Winston said:

“Relations between Britain and Ireland and relations on the island of Ireland are at a critical stage, with Brexit posing enormous challenges.

“It is vital that we create opportunities for dialogue and cooperation between Irish, British and Northern Irish political, business and community leaders and that’s why CHAMP’s first event in Dublin will bring people together to celebrate our successes and debate our challenges.”

CHAMP is very grateful to Senator Frank Feighan for hosting the event in the Dáil Éireann, and also to our partner organisations The Irish Post and the Federation of Small Businesses.

Peace Process Pillars Must Stand

Our Deputy Director Josh Stephens has written a piece for Tribune Magazine about why 2017 will be a crucial year for British – Irish relations and relations on the Ireland of Ireland, and why we must continue work to support the Northern Ireland Peace Process.

2017 will undoubtedly bring more instability and uncertainty, but with this comes an opportunity to strengthen friendships and relationships, including those between Westminster, the Houses of the Oireachtas and the Northern Ireland Assembly.

You can read the piece in full here.

CHAMP Ulster Fry Breakfast at Conservative Party Conference

CHAMP held its Ulster Fry breakfast event at Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham this month. The event was hosted by Laurence Robertson MP and chaired by Gary Gibbon, Channel 4 News Political Editor.

We were very fortunate to have Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster MLA, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire MP and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Northern Ireland Office Kris Hopkins MP as special guest speakers.

The topics for discussion ranged from British Irish relations following the June referendum result for Britain to leave the European Union to the future of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland, which the Conservative Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to.

We are very grateful to our sponsors Royal Mail, the Federation of Small Businesses, Bombardier, Huhtamaki and the Irish in Britain.

CHAMP Ulster Fry Breakfast at Labour Party Conference

CHAMP hosted its annual Ulster Fry breakfast event at Labour Party Conference in Liverpool this month. The event was hosted CHAMP Co-Chair by Lord Alf Dubs and chaired by Gary Gibbon, Channel 4 News Political Editor.

CHAMP was very fortunate to have Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness MLA and Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Dave Anderson MP as special guest speakers.

During an interview with Gary Gibbon, Martin McGuinness spoke about the Brexit process following the referendum result for Britain to leave the European Union in June and Dave Anderson reaffirmed Labour’s support for the Peace Process in Northern Ireland.

We are very grateful to our sponsors Royal Mail, the Federation of Small Businesses, the GMB, the TSSA, Bombardier, Huhtamaki and the Irish in Britain.

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