Speaker: The Rt Hon Peter Lilley MP, Patron of Conservatives for International Development

As part of our programme of discussing international development issues with prominent politicians, we are delighted to welcome Rt Hon Peter Lilley MP, a Patron of Conservative Friends of International Development (CFID) to this working lunch.

Peter is a well known Conservative politician and former Cabinet Minister, frequently in the media as a long-standing proponent of Brexit. What is less well know is his background as a development economist, where he worked for BEI member Maxwell Stamp from 1966-72, primarily in East and West Africa.

In 2006 David Cameron made him Chairman of the Globalisation and Global Poverty Policy Review Group, which reported the following year. Many of that Group's conclusions some 10 years ago mirror the current aid debate:  "The policy group on global poverty, which David Cameron asked me to chair, concluded that people are right to want more aid. But they are also right to be concerned about making sure it is effective and gets through to the poor...and aid alone is not enough. Even if the rich countries fulfil their pledges to increase aid, the total amount will still be inadequate...Above all, they need economic growth to boost their incomes. And trade is the great dynamo of growth." In 2009 Peter was one of the founders of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Trade Out of Poverty, which he now chairs.

He is a Patron of the Conservative Friends of International Development (www.cfid.org.uk), and we are delighted Peter will joined at lunch by Theo Clarke, the CFID Director. Peter's fellow Patrons include Rt. Hon. Andrew Mitchell MP, Baroness Chalker, Nirj Deva MEP and Baroness Hogson.

Peter Lilley was educated at Dulwich College and Clare College, Cambridge where he studied natural sciences before switching to economics. His Cambridge contemporaries included Kenneth Clarke, Michael Howard and Norman Lamont. After leaving Maxwell Stamp, Peter joined Greenwell Montagu Stockbrokers where he headed the oil investment department, before becoming a Director in 1986. He was UK Co-Chair of the Uzbek-British Trade & Industry Council from 2012-13, when he was a Non-Executive Director of Tethys Petroleum. He is a member of the APPG for Uzbekistan.

Peter was Member of Parliament for St Albans from 1983-1997 and, following boundary changes in 1997, he became MP for Hitchin & Harpenden. He joined Mrs Thatcher's Cabinet as Secretary of State for Trade and Industry 1990-1992, moving to be Secretary of State for Social Security 1992-1997.

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