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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. Our Patron, the Rt Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons, and Sue Farrington Smith MBE, co-founder and Trustee of our Member Charity, 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
  • Jim Shannon MP - Vice Chair
  • Pauline Latham MP - Vice Chair
  • Kevin Brennan 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.

Next meeting - 4th June 2019:

The next meeting of the APPGBT will take place on Tuesday 4th June 2019. The meeting will discuss the delivery of improved treatments for brain tumours and attendees will be able to hear from experts working on various innovative therapies.  Dr Wai Liu, Senior Research Fellow at St George’s, University of London will speak about medicinal cannabinoids and brain tumours. Mr Will Singleton, a neurosurgeon and researcher from the University of Bristol, will speak on behalf of the Children’s Brain Tumour Drug Delivery Consortium about their work. 

Please note that the effects of the ketogenic diet on brain tumours will now be discussed at a future meeting.

Most recent meeting - 12th March 2019:

This meeting heard about the latest political and policy updates relating to brain tumours, including the Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Mission (TJBCM). Dr Nicky Huskens, Director of the TJBCM, and Jess Mills, Tessa Jowell's daughter, both addressed the meeting.

Continuing a theme from the 2018 Inquiry into the economic and social impacts of brain tumours, the meeting also heard from Vicky Ringer - a doctoral researcher at the University of Leeds and co-founder and Trustee of our Member Charity, Levi's Star. Vicki spoke about how a brain tumour diagnosis can affect the education of paediatric patients.

Copies of minutes from APPGBT meetings are linked below:

Minutes of the APPGBT Meeting (inc. Annual Income & Expenditure Statement) - 17th July 2018

Minutes of the APPGBT Meeting - 20th November 2018

Minutes of the APPGBT Meeting - 12th March 2019

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

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

July 2018: A momentous year

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 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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