All Party Groups

All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) are voluntary groups which bring together politicians from all parties, from both the Commons and the Lords, who have a shared interest in a particular topic. Many are country specific, and are to encourage and develop links with other countries and their parliaments.

I am a member of several groups. They are listed below, with a brief explanation of their purpose.

Armed Forces Covenant (Treasurer)

To inform parliamentarians on all aspects of the Armed Forces Covenant and its implementation.

Autism 

To raise awareness of issues affecting people with autism and Asperger syndrome, their families and carers; to raise parliamentary awareness of autism; to campaign for changes to government policy to benefit people with autism and Asperger syndrome and improve diagnosis or support for people with autism and Asperger syndrome.

Beer

To promote the wholesomeness and enjoyment of beer and the unique role of the pub in UK society; to promote understanding of the social responsibility exercised by the brewing and pub industries; to support the UK's brewing industry worldwide.

Bees (Vice Chairman)

To inform parliamentarians about bees, other pollinators and beekeeping and to campaign and raise awareness of impacted issues.

Broadband and Digital Communications (Vice Chairman)

To further the roll out of broadband in rural and urban areas and to look at digital communication across the UK.

Cricket 

To support and promote the interests of cricket at all levels.

Jordan 

To promote interest in and knowledge of Jordan and to establish contacts between parliamentarians of the two countries.

Romania  (Vice Chairman)

To promote interest in and knowledge of Jordan and to establish contacts between parliamentarians of the two countries.

Rural Services 

To promote debate on the provision of rural services and to issue periodic reports.

Singapore (Vice Chairman)

To promote and advance relations with Singapore.

 Youth employment (Chairman)

To promote youth employment in all its forms, the role of young people within the economy and their voices. To highlight the need for quality opportunities and share best practice.