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APPG on Brain Tumours

Just 1% of national spend on cancer research has been allocated to brain tumours

All Party Parliamentary Group on Brain Tumours

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Brain Tumours (APPGBT) was established in 2005 to raise awareness of the issues facing the brain tumour community in order to improve research, diagnosis, information, support, treatment and care outcomes.

Since 2005, MPs and Peers from across the political spectrum have worked together in supporting the brain tumour community, researchers, clinicians and most importantly, patients and their families.

The Group came into being after founding member charities of Brain Tumour Research had worked tirelessly to raise the need for more research into brain tumours up the political agenda. Our Patron, the Right Honourable John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons, and Sue Farrington Smith MBE, co-founder and trustee of Ali’s Dream (and now Chief Executive of Brain Tumour Research), were instrumental in establishing the APPGBT.

APPGBT Officers

Working within Parliament, Officers are elected on a yearly basis by their fellow Parliamentarians. Led by the Chair of the APPGBT, Derek Thomas MP, Officers oversee the Group’s activities and promote the issues of the brain tumour community across Parliament and beyond.

APPGBT Committee

  • Derek Thomas MP - Chair
  • Rt. Hon Alistair Carmichael MP - Vice Chair
  • Lord Carlile of Berriew - Vice Chair
  • Kevin Brennan MP - Vice Chair

“I am honoured to have the support of the brain tumour community and my colleagues in being elected chair. It is essential that the UK leads the way in investing in research into brain tumours. Our APPG will call for action and leadership from the Government. A brain tumour diagnosis is as devastating today as it was 20 years ago, this is unacceptable for all the patients and families in our communities."

- Derek Thomas MP

APPGBT Meetings

APPGBT members meet throughout the parliamentary calendar to discuss current policy issues, hear from expert speakers and listen to members of the brain tumour community.

Summary of most recent APPGBT Meeting – 28th November 2017

The Chair, Derek Thomas MP, said that this meeting was focusing on Brexit, one of the key priorities for the APPGBT, the others being the upcoming Task & Finish Group report and the impact of brain tumours on families. The meeting then heard from a variety of expert speakers covering the issues of research funding, maintaining UK access to EU-wide clinical trials, safeguarding the supply of brain tumour drugs and ensuring skilled European researchers are able to work in the UK after Brexit. 

The speakers' submissions were followed by audience questions on continuing UK involvement in EU Reference Networks and how the APPGBT could work with the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee inquiry on Brexit.

The meeting also noted a letter from leading scientists in that day's edition of The Times newspaper, which also concerned Brexit and brain tumours. 

Copies of minutes from APPGBT meetings are linked below:

Minutes of the APPGBT Meeting - 28th November 2017 (to be published in due course)

Minutes of the APPGBT Inaugural Meeting - 10th July 2017

APPGBT Briefings to Parliamentarians

In support of APPGBT members, MPs and Peers across Parliament, we publish briefings tailored to each meeting’s specific policy issue.

These documents inform MPs and other activists of the latest developments in our campaigning.

Download your copy of each briefing using the links below:

November 2017 - Securing brain researchers' and patients' needs as we leave the European Union

July 2017 - Championing the Fight

March 2017 - Taking a lead in building capacity for brain tumour research 

December 2016 – Accelerating the rate of progress in brain tumour research

July 2016 – Tackling the historic underfunding of brain tumour research

APPGBT Secretariat

The Secretariat to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Brain Tumours is provided by Brain Tumour Research. The Secretariat retains the services of PB Consulting for secretarial support, while The Brain Tumour Charity also assists in secretariat functions.

This is not an official website or feed of the House of Commons or the House of Lords. It has not been approved by either House or its committees. All-Party Parliamentary Groups are informal groups of Members of both Houses with a common interest in particular issues.

The views expressed in these webpages are those of the group.

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