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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 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.

  • Derek Thomas MP - Chair
  • Rt. Hon Alistair Carmichael MP - Vice-Chair
  • Helen Hayes MP - Vice-Chair
  • Lee Rowley MP - Vice-Chair
  • Dean Russell MP - Vice-Chair
  • Lord Carlile of Berriew - Vice-Chair
  • Baroness Masham of Ilton - 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.

Copies of minutes from APPGBT meetings are linked below:

Please note that, due to the nature of parliamentary scheduling, details of APPGBT meetings can be subject to change at short notice.

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:

March 2021: The pathway to excellence for all

November 2020: Reducing the social and economic burden of brain tumours

July 2020: Working together to keep the research going

July 2019: A year of driving change and exploring innovation on brain tumours

June 2019: Innovation in brain tumour treatment

March 2019: With more funding for research into brain tumours are advances being made?

November 2018: Brain tumours - a cost too much to bear?

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APPGBT Secretariat

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


APPGBT Reports

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?'.

Download the Report

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.


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