Andrew Green

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Sir Andrew Green, (Lord Green of Deddington) is a former Foreign Office mandarin, Arabist, one-time ambassador to Syria and to Saudi Arabia. He is also the founder and chairman of immigration think tank MigrationWatch UK.

Green is a crossbench peer who joined the UK House of Lords on 24 November 2014.

In the Lords' Register of Interests, Green declares that he receives research assistance from Migration Watch UK, but is not paid for his role as its chairman. [1]

Migration Watch has been described as "a xenophobic body" by Lord Peston in the House of Lords.[2]

Saudia Arabia and UK are 'natural allies'

In 2015 after the death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, Middle East specialist Brian Whitaker, reflected on UK's sycophantic relationship with the Kingdom. This included retired ambassadors, he said, who seemed to 'come crawling out of the woodwork to defend the Saudis:

The latest contender for the "meritorious service" award (officially known as the Order of King Abdul Aziz) is Lord Green of Deddington who could be heard on BBC radio this morning (2 mins 6 sec into the programme) proclaiming that Britain and Saudi Arabia are natural allies. [Green said]:
"As far as Britain is concerned the Saudis have been very loyal friends to us for many many years. We are natural allies, actually, leaving aside the social aspects our interests and Saudi interests run parallel and Saudi Arabia is important to Britain and Britain is quite important to Saudi Arabia."

Wrote foreword for Caroline Cox and John Marks book on Islam and the West

In 2003 Green wrote the introduction to a book by Caroline Cox and John Marks' entitled, The ‘West’, Islam and Islamism: Is ideological Islam compatible with liberal democracy? [3]



  1. Lord Green of Deddington,, accessed 12 February 2015
  2. Hansard (2008) Lords Hansard, Immigration (EAC Report), 14 November, Column 897, Lord Peston in response to Cox.
  3. Caroline Cox and John Marks (2003) The ‘West’, Islam and Islamism: Is ideological Islam compatible with liberal democracy? , Civitas, 2nd Revised edition (16 Oct 2006). Published by the right-wing think tank Civitas Institute for the Study of Civil Society, at the time Civitas was part of the Mezzanine with Demos and the Foreign Policy Centre and other think tanks; its findings are summarised in Civitas (2003) Better understanding is needed between West and Islam. The work adds that Cox is Chairman of the Executive Board of the International Islamic Christian Organisation for Reconciliation and Reconstruction (IICORR), of which little information seems readily available, and that John Marks is director of the Civitas Education Unit.