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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 (APPG) on Brain Tumours 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 APPG.

APPG Officers

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

APPG 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

APPG Meetings

APPG 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 APPG Meeting – 10th July 2017

Following the General Election in June 2017, the APPG on Brain Tumours was re-established in the new Parliament. Rebecca Harris MP, Chair of the APPG since 2014, had recently been promoted within Government and so was required to stand down as Chair. We were delighted to welcome Derek Thomas MP as the newly-elected Chair of the APPG, along with Alistair Carmichael MP, Lord Carlile and Kevin Brennan MP as Vice-Chairs. 

Minutes of the APPG on Brain Tumours Inaugural Meeting 10th July 2017

The meeting also saw numerous MPs sign the 'Brain Tumour Pledge' whereby they promised to "Champion the cause of brain tumour patients and fight for the increase in funding so dearly needed". MPs who have signed the pledge include:

  • Bill Grant MP (Con - Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock)
  • Derek Thomas MP (Con – St Ives)
  • Peter Aldous MP (Con – Waveney)
  • Mark Pawsey MP (Con – Rugby)
  • Philip Hollobone MP (Con – Kettering)
  • Steve McCabe MP (Lab – Birmingham Selly Oak)
  • Phil Wilson MP (Lab – Sedgefield)
  • Susan Elan Jones MP (Lab – Clwyd South)
  • Marie Rimmer MP (Lab – St Helens South)
  • Wes Streeting MP (Lab – Ilford North)
  • Margaret Greenwood MP (Lab – Wirral West)
  • Kevin Brennan MP (Lab – Cardiff West)
  • Jeff Smith MP (Lab – Manchester Withington)
  • Tom Brake MP (LD - Carshalton and Wallington)
  • Alistair Carmichael MP (LD - Orkney & Shetland)
  • Tommy Sheppard MP (SNP – Edinburgh East)
  • Patricia Gibson MP (SNP - North Ayrshire and Arran)

APPG Briefings to Parliamentarians

In support of APPG 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:

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

APPG 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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