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The Conservative Friends of Cyprus is a volunteer-run organisation that was founded in 1992.

We seek to promote the values and ideals of the Conservative Party across the UK and work to strengthen the bond between the Conservative Party, the Republic of Cyprus and the British Cypriot Diaspora.

We host regular campaigning sessions supporting candidates in local and national elections; lead parliamentary delegations to Cyprus; and host receptions and political discussion forums on political, social and economic issues with leading Conservative politicians.

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Sir Hugh Rossi 1927-2022

Sir Hugh Rossi 1927-2022

Nothing could have prepared him, or any of us, for the horrors of the Turkish invasion and occupation of Cyprus in 1974. He was an Opposition spokesman at the time and was critical of Labour Government’s failure to meet their obligations to Cyprus as a Guarantor Power. Sir Hugh Rossi, Conservative Member of Parliament from 1966 until his retirement in 1992, a tireless campaigner, lawyer and a committed friend of Cyprus has died aged 92. When I joined him as a North London MP in 1983 he had already been in The House of Commons for 17 years and went on to serve for a total of 26 years. He was a kindly and deeply caring man who befriended us new boys, showed us the ropes and set us an example of serving our constituents. He freely shared his knowledge and experience with us all and helped us all to be effective in Parliament. He was a Minister under both Edward Heath and Margaret Thatcher, serving as Environment Minister, a Northern Ireland Minister and then Minister for Social Services and Disability. He was a practicing lawyer. He and his wife Philomena had a son and four daughters. His constituency of Hornsey, and from 1983, Hornsey and Wood Green, was deeply Cypriot. Geographically it included Green Lanes and the very many Cypriot businesses in the area. Perhaps because he too was a son of an immigrant, an Italian, he understood the hopes and needs of the Cypriot community in London. However, nothing could have prepared him, or any of us, for the horrors of the Turkish invasion and occupation of... read more
CFCyprus Annual Parliamentary Reception

CFCyprus Annual Parliamentary Reception

On Wednesday the Conservative Friends of Cyprus hosted their annual New Year’s Vasilopita reception in the Jubilee Room in Parliament. The Europe Minister, the Rt Hon Chris Pincher MP, joined 16 Members of Parliament in addressing the packed room of over 120 guests, followed by speeches by CFC President the Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP, Chairman of the APPG for Cyprus Sir Roger Gale MP, CFC’s Parliamentary Chairman Matthew Offord MP, Chairman of CFC Jason Charalambous and the High Commissioner of Cyprus HE Andreas Kakouris. The special service of the cutting of the Vasilopita (St Basil’s Cake) was led by the UK’s Greek Orthodox Archbishop HE Archbishop Nikitas and was followed by singing of traditional carols. At the reception the Minister for Europe Christopher Pincher confirmed that the British Government’s position regarding the Cyprus issue and Turkey’s activity within the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Republic of Cyprus does not change now that the UK has exited the European Union. Speaking to the Cyprus News Agency, Mr Pincher said: “Our stance remains the same, which is we believe that a bizonal, bicommunal system for the people of the island of Cyprus is the best way forward for peace and prosperity for them all; and we believe that Cyprus has a right to exclusive access to its Exclusive Economic Zone, and any drilling there by anybody is wrong. We deplore it and we continue to deplore it. We want to make sure that the hydrocarbons around Cyprus in the EEZ are used in the good of everybody on the island of Cyprus. It’s theirs, it’s yours, make the best use... read more

OTHER NEWS

Easter Messages from the Prime Minister and MPs

Easter Messages from the Prime Minister and MPs

The Conservative Friends of Cyprus would like to express their thanks to the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP for his warm wishes for Orthodox Easter on his social media, as well as convey to him our best wishes for a speedy recovery. —- We would also like to thank all the Members of the Parliament and politicians below for extending their Easter wishes too (all posts can be found on CFCyprus’ facebook and twitter profiles). —- The Rt Hon Amanda Milling MP – Party Chair The Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP Sir Roger Gale MP Mike Woods MP Felicity Buchan MP Ben Everitt MP Ruth Edwards MP Alicia Kearns MP Jonathan Gullis MP Rachel Maclean MP  Eddie Hughes MP Gary Sambrook MP Julian Knight MP Angela Richardson MP Saqib Bhatti MP Stuart Anderson MP Jane Stevenson MP Suzanne Webb MP — As well as the Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, and Barnet Councillor and London Assembly Member candidate Cllr Roberto Wedden–Sanz... read more
Minister for Europe Statement on Cyprus

Minister for Europe Statement on Cyprus

On 7th January, our Parliamentary Chairman Matthew Offord MP asked this question to the Foreign Office: “To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps to support a solution to the division on the island of Cyprus. “The Minister for Europe, the Rt Hon Christopher Pincher MP replied as follows: “The United Kingdom is a strong supporter of a comprehensive, just and lasting settlement to reunite Cyprus, based on the internationally accepted model of a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation with political equality for all. I visited Cyprus on 4 October to encourage progress towards an enduring solution. We will continue this regular dialogue. We call on all parties to engage constructively in talks about a settlement and demonstrate they are committed to making progress. The United Kingdom believes a reunited Cyprus would unlock significant economic benefits through increased opportunities for trade, investment and tourism, and open up the possibility of new energy and economic partnerships in the region. This will benefit everyone on the island of Cyprus. A settlement would bolster the island’s security and help to advance regional... read more