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New CPA Secretary-General Appointed

The 61st General Assembly of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has appointed a new Secretary-General for the Association.

Mr Stephen Twigg was appointed as Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association on 1 August, 2020. Mr Twigg is a former UK Parliamentarian, who was elected to the Parliament of the United Kingdom as a Member of Parliament from 1997 to 2005 (Enfield Southgate) and from 2010 to 2019 (Liverpool West Derby). During his parliamentary career, he held several senior positions including Chairperson of the International Development Select Committee, Minister for Schools and a range of Shadow Front Bench roles.

Prior to his parliamentary career, Stephen Twigg studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Balliol College, Oxford University. He became the youngest President of the National Union of Students in 1990-92 and was then elected as a Local Councillor in the London Borough of Islington.

Since the 2019 General Election, Stephen Twigg has been working to set up the International Parliamentary Network for Education and has been actively involved in parliamentary strengthening with both Global Partners Governance and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD).


CPA Regional Representatives

Hon John Ajaka, MLCPresident of the Legislative Council, New South Wales
Senator the Hon Scott RyanPresident of the Senate, Commonwealth Parliament of Australia
Hon Bruce Atkinson, MLC President of the Legislative Council, Victoria

The standby branch is Tasmania.