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The British Ukrainian Society to launch a new lecture series in London

5 October 2015

The British Ukrainian Society launches a new series of lectures on bilateral relations at the UK Parliament in London. The first lecture will be delivered on 26 October 2015 by Sir Gerald Howarth MP, Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ukraine, at Portcullis House.

Since its inception in 2007, the BUS has held an annual lecture on British-Ukrainian relations called the Yalta Memorial Speech. Nicholas Soames MP delivered the first speech, and in subsequent years talks were given by Stephen Byers MP, Denis MacShane MP, David Lidington MP, and British Ambassador to Ukraine in 2012-2015, Mr Simon Smith.

Looking to expand on this well-attended and highly regarded event, the British Ukrainian Society is launching a two-year series of lectures in the spheres of politics and culture in partnership with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ukraine. The lectures will be held approximately every two months in London at Portcullis House where the offices of British Members of Parliament and their staff are located.

The aim of the series is to give anyone interested in Ukrainian affairs an opportunity to hear from British politicians from across the political spectrum, as well as from other persons of interest who are in some way involved in noteworthy work relating to Ukraine. This may include visiting politicians from Ukraine, officials, diplomats, authors, artists, and experts from various professions from either country.

After each lecture, there will be time for the audience to ask questions, and lectures will be followed by networking receptions.

The British Ukrainian Society is actively seeking sponsors to support the lecture series. Sponsors will be recognised throughout the two years in a number of ways including during introductory remarks, in advertising and banners, on the BUS website and on its social networking pages. It will also be possible for sponsors to bring promotional materials to the events.

Sir Gerald Howarth MP will deliver the inaugural lecture on 26 October 2015 in the Macmillan Room, Portcullis House. Lord Macdonald, who has written a paper on legal reform in Ukraine, will deliver the second speech on 2 December.

Spaces are limited. To attend, and for other enquiries, please RSVP to the London Secretariat of the BUS at secretariat@britishukrainiansociety.org

Speaker profile

Sir Gerald Howarth is the Member of Parliament for Aldershot. He became Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ukraine in 2015.

Sir Gerald was elected an MP for Cannock and Burntwood in 1983 and held the seat for 2 terms. He returned to Parliament in 1997 to represent Aldershot. In 1991-1992, he was also Parliamentary Private Secretary to Margaret Thatcher.

Between 2002 and 2010, Sir Gerald served as a Shadow Defence Minister with responsibility for defence procurement and the Royal Air Force. In 2010-2012, he served in the Coalition Government as Minister for International Security Strategy at the Ministry of Defence with responsibility for the EU, defence diplomacy and exports.

Before he entered the Parliament, Sir Gerald had a career in international banking. In 2007-2010, he was a Director at Landkom Ukraine, an agricultural producer and a subsidiary of Landkom International PLC. In that capacity, he visited Ukraine on a number of occasions.

Sir Gerald studied English at the University of Southampton where he served with the Air Squadron. Today, he is President of the British Air Display Association and Patron of Aerobility (the British Disabled Flying Association). He is married to Elizabeth with 3 children and enjoys flying and photography.