All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs)
All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) are informal groups set up by and for Members of the Commons and the Lords, though many involve outside organisations in their administration and activities. They are focused around particular interest areas, and produce events and publications within it.
I’m an officer for some APPGs, which means I have say in how they’re run, and a member of others. Below are the details of the APPGs I’m involved with, including the APPGs’ websites, and a short summary of our purpose.
PICTfor (Parliamentary Internet, Communications and Technology Forum) – To further the understanding of policy issues affecting the internet,
communications and technology sector between parliamentarians, the industry, consumer groups and academia.
Consumer Protection (Vice Chair) – To provide a voice for ordinary retail consumers across a range of sectors in the UK economy; to raise awareness of issues, rights and obligations in the field of consumer protection with parliamentarians and the wider public.
Corporate Governance – To influence and develop understanding of corporate governance through the promotion of a culture based on responsible leadership and investments, thus enabling corporate and their shareholders to enhance prosperity for the benefit of shareholders, economies and society.
Entrepreneurship – To encourage, support and promote entrepreneurship. It also ensures that Parliament is kept up-to-date on what is needed to create and sustain the most favourable conditions for entrepreneurship.
Food Waste (Treasurer) – To bring together parliamentarians with an interest in this issue; to facilitate informed discussion with policy-makers, the food industry and environmental and food redistribution organisations; to promote policies which will reduce food waste.
Smart Cities (Vice Chair) – To engage parliamentarians who share an interest in how the digital revolution can benefit our cities and how the UK can take the lead in seizing a substantial share of the international ‘smart cities’ market.
Vegetarians & Vegans – To provide a forum for parliamentarians, academics, organisations and interested individuals to meet to promote and raise awareness of vegetarianism and veganism and to discuss issues relating to vegetarian and vegan lifestyles.
AI (Artificial Intelligence) – To explore the impact and implications of artificial intelligence including machine learning.
Childcare and Early Education – To provide a forum for parliamentarians to constructively examine and debate policy affecting non-maintained childcare and early education providers.
China – To ensure parliamentarians are kept well informed on China, and to act as a platform for discussions on all issues of importance to the UK-China relationship.
Disability – To work on all-party basis within Parliament for the interests of all disabled people, their families, friends and carers.
Health – To disseminate knowledge, generate debate and facilitate engagement with health issues amongst Members of both Houses of Parliament.
Performers Alliance – To work alongside the unions of the Performers’ Alliance – Equity, the Musicians’ Union and the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain – to raise issues affecting performers and writers across the arts community and to provide a forum for issues relating to arts and culture policy.
Rule of Law – To promote parliamentary and public discussion on the rule of law as a practical concept.