APPG on brain tumours

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APPG 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”.

Download the report

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.

Download the report

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 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 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:

February 2024: Briefing to Parliamentarians

November 2023: Tumour surgery, Vorasidenib, Siobhain McDonagh and updates

July 2023: Remembering Amani - a legacy of change

November 2022: Tumour Treating Fields, Symptom Awareness and Inquiry Update

March 2022: Pathway to a Cure inquiry update

December 2021: Why we need a cure

July 2021: Pathway to a cure – breaking down the barriers

May 2021: AGM – A review of the year and next steps

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?

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
  • The Lord Polak CBE - Officer
  • Holly Mumby-Croft MP - Officer
  • Sarah Owen MP - Officer
  • The Rt Hon Sir Stephen Timms MP Member
  • The Rt Hon John McDonnell MP Member
  • The Rt Hon Lord Hunt of King’s Heath Member
  • Ben Lake MP Member
  • The Rt Hon Alistair Carmichael MP Member
  • Lord Carlile of Berriew Member
  • The Rt Hon Baroness Morgan of Cotes Member
  • Helen Hayes MP Member
  • Mike Amesbury MP Member
  • Virendra Sharma MP Member
  • Caroline Ansell MP - Member
  • Mark Pawsey MP - Member
  • Dame Siobhain McDonagh MP - Member
  • Peter Aldous MP  - Member
  • Greg Smith MP  - Member
  • Daisy Cooper MP - Member
  • Iain Stewart MP - Member
  • Ben Everitt MP - Member
  • Nadia Whittome MP - Member

“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 Minutes

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 Secretariat

The Secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Brain Tumours is provided by Brain Tumour Research. The Secretariat receives assistance from Health Comms 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.

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