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APPG on Brain Tumours

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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 & Committee

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.

  • 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.

Most recent meeting - 27th February 2018

The meeting saw the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Brain Tumours (APPGBT) propose its first-ever Inquiry into the economic and social impacts of this devastating disease.

The Inquiry, led by APPGBT Chair Derek Thomas MP, will investigate financial and social impacts on families and determine how, for example, the rising incidence of brain tumours will affect the NHS. This APPGBT meeting decided the final Terms of Reference for the Inquiry. 

The APPG will shine a light on these impacts and will be hearing evidence from experts and the brain tumour community over the coming months. 

Read more about the APPGBT's Inquiry

MPs, peers and members of our community received an update from Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Health. Having chaired the Working Group, he explained that the group has spent the last year closely analysing the complex issues around research into brain tumours in the UK.

This page will be updated with a copy of the meeting minutes in due course.

Copies of minutes from APPGBT meetings are linked below:

Minutes of the APPGBT Meeting - 27th February 2018

Minutes of the APPGBT Meeting - 28th November 2017

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:

February 2018 - A cost too much to bear?

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

July 2017 - Championing the Fight

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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The hidden costs of brain tumours

APPGBT Inquiry 2018 – closes Friday 30th March 2018

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