Speaker: Paul Scully, Conservative MP Sutton & Cheam

Paul Scully is the Conservative MP for Sutton & Cheam, winning the seat at the General Election in 2015.

Paul has a keen interest in international development, and was therefore very pleased to join the International Development Select Committee (IDC) in October 2016, followed a month later by joining the IDC's Independent Commission on Aid Impact (ICAI) sub-committee. He is keen to hear members views on the many issues currently before the IDC, including inquiries into the future of UK-EU Development Cooperation, Forced Displacement and Humanitarian Crises in Central & East Africa, ODA spending by HMG other than through DFID, DFID's use of Contractors, and the Syrian Refugee crisis (Paul visited Syrian refugee camps in Greece in February).

Paul has a particular interest in Burma and SE Asia. He is a Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Democracy in Burma, and visited in February 2016. His father and grandfather were Anglo-Burmese, working in Rangoon docks until the extended family migrated to the UK in the 1960's after the miltary coup. He will particularly welcome briefings from members with experience of working in Burma for DFID and other development agencies.

Our VIP working lunches are an excellent way to discuss topics in a relaxed but focused way under the Chatham House rule. Networking drinks will be available from 1230, sitting down to lunch at 1300. During the meal Paul will speak on his interests for about 10 minutes after which there will be a facilitated Q & A session, finishing by 1430.

BEI Members, £75+VAT

D Group members should contact Talia Hawkins (th@strategyinternational.co.uk) if they wish to attend.