"Lord Lothian (formerly Michael Ancram) is the first Chairman of the Forum. He served in the last Conservative Government and from 2001 to 2005 held the portfolios of Deputy Leader, Shadow Foreign Secretary and Shadow Defence Secretary. He served on the House of Commons Intelligence Select Committee until he stood down from Parliament at the May 2010 General Election. On 22nd November 2010, he was created a Conservative life peer as Baron Kerr of Monteviot, of Monteviot in Roxburghshire, and was introduced in the House of Lords the same day."
5. Gifts, benefits and hospitality (UK)
19 and 20 September 2002, two days fishing on the River Tay in Scotland as a guest of Scottish Coal. (Registered 3 October 2002)
6. Overseas visits
7-18 September 2002, to India, Hong Kong and Pakistan. All flights, accommodation and a small daily allowance in Hong Kong were paid for by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office. (Accommodation in India and Pakistan was provided by the respective High Commissioners.) (Registered 3 October 2002)
17 October 2002, to Vaduz, Liechtenstein, as guest speaker of the LGT Banking Group at their headquarters. Accommodation , hospitality and flights from Zurich to London paid for by the LGT Group. Having attended a European Democrat Union Conference in Lisbon, I was also provided with the use of a private plan from Lisbon to Zurich by Mr Irvine Laidlaw. (Registered 23 October 2002)
13-20 February 2003, to Beijing, China. The cost of my flights were met by the Conservative Party and all hotel accommodation was provided courtesy of the Chinese Communist Party. (Registered 6 May 2003)
3-7 March 2003, to the Sudan and Kenya on a fact-finding tour of East Africa. The costs of my flights and all hotel accommodation were paid for by Flying Lion Ltd. (Registered 10 March 2003)
30 June-2 July 2003, visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Fare paid by Conservative Central Office, hotel accommodation by Government of Israel. (Registered 8 July 2003)
19-24 July 2003, to Kabul and Baghdad on a fact-finding tour. Flights and two nights' accommodation in Kuwait were paid for by Flying Lion Ltd (accommodation and transport in Kabul paid for by British Embassy). (Registered on 12 August 2003)
19-24 July 2003, to Kabul and Baghdad on a fact-finding tour. Flights, and two nights' stop-over accommodation in Kuwait provided by Flying Lion Ltd (accommodation and transport in Kabul paid for by British Embassy). (Registered 12 August 2003)
1-6 September 2003, to Sri Lanka at invitation of Government of Sri Lanka, who met the cost of my flights, all hotel accommodation and local transport. (Registered 9 September 2003)
8. Land and Property
Farms on Scottish Borders, from which rental income is received. Houses and miscellaneous property on Scottish Borders, from which rental income is received. Industrial rents (mining) in Lothian, Scotland.
Edward ARGAR - Salary paid by the Conservative Party for services to sponsoring Member. Overseas visits: 7-10 August 2003 to Lebanon for the opening of Le Royal Hotel (flight to Lebanon and hotel accommodation provided by General Mediterranean Holding). 10-21 August 2003, private visit to Syria (paid for accommodation myself but at government hotel room rates; car and driver provided by the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic).
Resources and articles
- Mark Simmonds - former secretary
- Global Strategy Forum Advisors, organizational web page, accessed July 2, 2012.