Richard Benyon MP led a Westminster Hall debate in Parliament yesterday on Foreign Office diplomatic service resourcing.
During his opening speech, Mr Benyon praised the astounding professionalism of the Foreign Office's diplomatic staff around the world, but emphasised the need for the UK to increase it's international footprint of FCO missions and Defence Attachés to help project UK trade and security relationships around the world. Read Mr Benyon's speech and the full transcript of the debate here
The debate included speeches from CMEC Chairman, The Rt Hon Sir Hugo Swire KCMG MP, who proposed that the Foreign Affairs Select Committee should be given an oversight role for whenever changes to the FCO's diplomatic estate globally are proposed, and CMEC President, The Rt Hon Sir Nichols Soames MP, who made a compelling case for Britain to retain and develop its active diplomacy and the need for better resourcing.
Watch Sir Hugo's speech here
Watch Sir Nicholas's speech here