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FIONA BRUCE MP APPOINTED NEW CHAIRMAN OF THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION

13 February 2015

Fiona Bruce MP (Congleton) is to be the new Chairman of the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission, following the appointment of Robert Buckland MP as Solicitor General

Fiona was elected to Parliament in 2010, and has taken a very active interest in international human rights issues. She serves as Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea and has initiated several major debates on human rights in North Korea. In 2013 she travelled with the Speaker of the House of Commons and a cross-party parliamentary delegation to Burma. She has been a member of the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission since 2012, and chaired the Commission’s inquiry into human rights in North Korea last year. Fiona has served on the International Development Select Committee since 2012. Fiona founded the Conservative Party’s Umubano social action project in Burundi in 2012, and prior to that the Umubano private sector training project in Rwanda in 2010.

Speaking about her new role, Fiona Bruce said: “It is a very great privilege, as well as a tremendous opportunity, and I look forward enormously to working with others in the Commission to make sure that international human rights remain, as the previous Foreign Secretary pledged, ‘at the heart of foreign policy’ and that we continue to shine a spotlight on some of the world’s worst situations and some of the major thematic issues. We will continue to hold hearings and inquiries, to raise questions in Parliament, to publish reports and to make policy recommendations to ensure that those around the world who need our voice are given that support.”