David Howell, Lord Howell of Guildford, has been President of the Royal Commonwealth Society and Chairman of the Council of Commonwealth Societies since 2013. He was Conservative MP for Guildford from 1966 to 1997. His government posts have included the Treasury, Chairman of the Select Committee on Foreign Affairs (1987-1997) and Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2010-2012).

Lord Howell delivered the opening address at the October 2017 conference on ‘The UK, the Commonwealth and the Commonwealth Summit 2018’, organised by the editorial board of The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs in partnership with the Royal Over-Seas League, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (International) and the Commonwealth Association.

Afterwards, he spoke to the Round Table’s Web Editor Debbie Ransome about Britain’s future relations with the rest of the Commonwealth.

[Cameraman: Mervyn Clingan.] The Round Table wishes to thank the Royal Over-Seas League for the use of its facilities for the filming of this interview.

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