Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale

United for Young People

Lord McConnell

Sitting on the floor where Safa’s family live in Kawergosk Refugee Camp in Kurdistan, northern Iraq, I was struck by her disarming smile as she described life as she knew it. She told of surviving on the limited amount food available, worrying about the health and safety of those back home in Syria and her…

Learning From History

Lord McConnell

      Earlier this week I had the honour to Chair the APPG on Conflict Issues as we hosted Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire who has been a member of the Canadian Senate but, more famously, was Force Commander of UNAMIR, the UN peacekeeping mission deployed to Rwanda before the genocide in 1994. Lieutenant-General Dallaire warned…

Sport’s New Strategy

Lord McConnell

      With the final whistle minutes away, Scotland were within touching distance of the Rugby Union World Cup semi-final, the only northern hemisphere team still in contention. But in those last two agnonising minutes Australia scored a controversial penalty to take the semifinal place. Scotland played like heroes and silenced those that had…

Preventing Atrocities in the 21st Century

Lord McConnell

      I attended a very special memorial service in St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, last Friday. Like similar events across Europe, we were remembering the Srebrenica Genocide of July 1995: the cold blooded murder of 8327 Bosnian men and boys by Bosnian Serbs, and the rape and abuse of the women and girls left…