UK-Bahrain All-Party Parliamentary Group

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The UK-Bahrain All-Party Parliamentary Group (UKBAPPG) was set up 'to promote international cooperation between the UK and Bahrain', and 'to develop friendship and understanding between our countries and to promote mutual economic and political aims'. [1]


Officers, September 2015-April 2016

Members, September 2015 (full list supplied by APPG)

Officers, March 2015

Members, March 2015

UK-Bahrain defence ties

In July 2014 it emerged that a Bahrain lobbyist had sponsored an entire table at that summer's Conservative Party fundraiser, including his own seat next to UK defence secretary Philip Hammond.

Lord Clanwilliam, chairman of PR and lobbying agency Meade Hall & Associates (formerly Gardant Communications, covered the £1000-a-head cost. His firm acts as secretariat for the UK-Bahrain APPG. Other attendees included:


Meade Hall, a private consultancy, acts as the group's secretariat, carrying out administrative tasks and planning meetings or group events.

Registered benefits

As of July 2015, Meade Hall had registered (in bands of £1,500) £1,501-£3,000 in 'benefits in kind' to the UKBAPPG. [8]


The public enquiry point for the group is James Edwards from the office of Conor Burns.

Address: House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA.

Telephone: 020 7219 7021.



The UKBAPPG does not have an official website. Its twitter account @BahrainAPPG does not appear to have been active since 2012. [9]


  1. Register of 30 March 2015,, accessed 19 October 2015
  2. UK-Bahrain APPG Register Sep, accessed 7 October 2015
  3. UK-Bahrain APPG Register Feb 16,, accessed 18 February 2016
  4. Britain-Bahrain, Register of All-Party Parliamentary Groups 28 April 2016,, accessed 12 May 2016
  5. List supplied upon request by James Edwards to Melissa Jones, Spinwatch, September 2015
  6. 6.0 6.1 Register of 30 March 2015, Parliament website, accessed 19 October 2015
  7. John Horne, Bahrain lobbyist paid for table at Tory fundraiser,, 5 July 2014, accessed 19 October 2015
  8. Register of All-Party Parliamentary Groups as at 29 September 2015, Bahrain,, accessed 19 October 2015
  9. Last accessed 20 October 2015