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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 APPGBT came into being after a group of founding charities of Brain Tumour Research had worked tirelessly to raise the need for more research into brain tumours up the political agenda


APPGBT Reports

On 28th February 2023 the APPGBT launched its landmark inquiry report Pathway to a Cure – breaking down the barriers demanding action to make brain tumour research a “critical priority”.

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In October 2022 Brain Tumour Research conducted a Patient Survey to support the APPGBT Inquiry: Pathway to a Cure – breaking down the barriers October 2022

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In early 2018, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Brain Tumours (APPGBT) launched its first-ever Inquiry.

This evidence was compiled and published in a report entitled'Brain Tumours - a cost too much to bear?'.

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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.

APPGBT Officers

Working within Parliament, Officers are elected on a yearly basis by their fellow Parliamentarians. They work with the Chair and the Secretariat to support the APPG on Brain Tumour's objectives. They do this by maintaining the political momentum for change, using their political influence to ask questions and hold the Government to account, all with a shared vision of improving options and outcomes for those diagnosed with a brain tumour.

  • Derek Thomas MP - Chair
  • Rt. Hon Alistair Carmichael MP - Vice-Chair
  • Lord Carlile of Berriew - Officer
  • Helen Hayes MP - Officer
  • Jane Hunt MP - Officer
  • The Lord Polak CBE - Officer
  • Holly Mumby-Croft MP - Officer
  • Greg Smith MP - Officer
  • Hilary Benn – Officer
  • Sarah Owen - Officer

“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 Secretariat

The Secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Brain Tumours is provided by Brain Tumour Research. The Secretariat receives assistance from HealthComms Consulting for the purposes of organising meetings.

APPGBT Privacy Policy

The privacy policy of the APPGBT can be found here.

This is not an official website 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 web pages are those of the group.