The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG)

The Brain Tumour All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) was established on 11th July 2005 by John Bercow, MP for Buckingham, Speaker of the House of Commons and Patron of Brain Tumour Research.  

The aims of the Brain Tumour All Party Parliamentary Group are:

“To raise awareness of the issues facing the brain tumour community in order to improve research, diagnosis, information, support, treatment and care outcomes”

The APPG is invaluable in allowing us to bring our key messages to parliament, raising awareness of brain tumours and influencing the national spend for research into this deadly disease. 

Members of the group attend our parliamentary awareness raising events and meet three times a year to discuss relevant topics, and raise issues in the House of Commons through:

  • Parliamentary Questions
  • Debates
  • Early Day Motions

The group consists of MPs representing different political parties and the House of Lords.

The elected officers of the group are:

Rebecca Harris MP - Chair

Lord Carlile of Berriew - Vice Chair

Kevin Brennan MP - Vice Chair

Mark Durkan MP - Vice Chair

Caroline Ansell MP - Honorary Secretary

Brain Tumour Research provides the secretariat for the Group. APPG meetings are organised by both Brain Tumour Research and The Brain Tumour Charity

If you would like to join in our lobbying activity and engage your MP - please let us know

Rebecca Harris MP, Chair of Brain Tumour APPG

Parliamentarians who have registered their support include:

Andrew Smith
Baroness Finlay of Llandaff
Harry Harpham
Henry Bellingham
Jacob Rees-Mogg
Mark Pritchard
Paul Blomfield
Peter Aldous
George Howarth
Sir Gerald Howarth
Dr Sarah Wollaston
Stephen Pound
Lady Susan Masham
Sir Peter Bottomley 
John Hayes
Phil Wilson

If your MP isn’t listed above – please ask them to get involved

Minutes of APPG on Brain Tumours Meetings:

Click links below to download PDF copies of the published minutes.

9th December 2015 Meeting on the Independent Cancer Strategy 2015-2020

13th July 2016 Meeting on Brain Tumour Research Funding and Annual General Meeting 


Engage your MP

An MP represents the interests of their constituents in matters for which Parliament or Central Government is responsible.  They can help their constituents regardless of whether you voted for them or not.  

An MP can raise matters in the House of Commons through

  • Parliamentary Questions
  • Adjournment Debates
  • Early Day Motions 

A Parliamentary Question takes the form of a written question to the appropriate government department. The answers to these questions are then published. They can also take the form of an oral question asked during an afternoon’s Question Time.

An Early Day Motion places on record an MP’s opinion on a subject and means they can canvass support from fellow members – it is a form of petition that MPs can sign.  Generally it is backbenchers that sign EDMs; ministers do not usually sign. An EDM signed by a large number of MPs – over 200 may be debated. A hundred signatures or more demonstrates significant support.

Many MPs hold surgeries in their constituencies.

  • Visit your MP at one of their surgeries or click here to find them online
  • Appraise them of the issues and our manifesto
  • Tell them your personal story
  • Email or ask your MP to sign any current EDMs
  • Email or ask your MP to become a member of the brain tumour All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG)
  • Provide them with copies of our stats reports
  • Please let us know the results of your discussions and forward copies of any correspondence

Pledge your support to lobbying with us by completing our online lobbying form. We will send you an information pack and keep you informed of our progress.

Remember, in the majority of cases it is only those that have been affected by a brain tumour that are motivated to do something about it and find a cure.

We need you to support our campaign and enlist the support of your own MP.

MPs get hundreds of requests each day from various charities but they do listen to their own constituents!

An MP is here to serve their constituents – please help us to use them!




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