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All-Party Parliamentary Group on Parkinson's

APPG logoThe All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Parkinson's is a cross-party group of MPs and Peers with an interest in Parkinson's.

A number of groups contacted their MPs after the 2015 General Election and asked them to join the APPG. This led to a near doubling of the APPG membership to 74 politicians, who represent all nations of the UK.

The group aims to raise awareness of the condition amongst parliamentarians and to influence legislation and policy makers in order to improve the lives of people affected.

We provide the secretariat to the APPG.

APPG inquiries

In the past the APPG has held an inquiry into NHS continuing healthcare in England and revealed huge failings with the system.

Another inquiry into access to health and social care for Parkinson's found major inequalities in access to information and services for people affected by the condition.

The Group's Remit

  • Keeping Parkinson's on the political agenda.
  • Investigating, monitoring, reporting on and providing a forum for discussion.
  • Exerting pressure on issues relating to the implementation of relevant government initiatives, with the ultimate goal of ensuring equal access to recommended appropriate health and social services to all people with Parkinson's and their carers.
  • Providing regular briefings to parliamentarians in order to ensure awareness of the needs of people with Parkinson's and their carers.
  • Ensuring policy-making is evidence-based and focused around e needs of service users.
  • Liaising with members of the developed administration within the UK in order to share best practice.

APPG members

Madeleine Moon, APPG Chair

Madeleine Moon (Labour) Chair

Madeleine has raised Parkinson's issues with ministers on a number of occasions, as well as taking part in previous inquiries. She also Chairs the Defence Select Committee.

During her 30-year career in health and social care, Madeleine often worked with people with Parkinson's.

Baroness Gale, APPG Co-Chair

Baroness Gale (Labour) Co-Chair

Baroness Gale has been a Chair of the APPG since it was established nearly ten years ago and played a key role in the previous APPG inquiries. She consistently raises Parkinson's UK issues in Parliament.

She has been a member of the House of Lords since 1999. She previously served as General Secretary of the Welsh Labour Party and is an active trade unionist.

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, APPG Vice Chair

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff (Crossbench) Vice Chair

Baroness Finlay played a vital role in past APPG inquiries.

Since becoming a member of the House of Lords in 2001, she has been active on a wide range of health issues. Currently she is working to get an Access to Palliative Care Bill before Parliament.

A professor of palliative medicine at the Cardiff University School of Medicine, Baroness Finlay has held a number of influential positions including President of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Baroness Howells

Baroness Howells (Labour) Vice Chair

As a regular attendee of the APPG meetings, Baroness Howells has considerable knowledge of the significant Parkinson's policy areas including welfare, health and research.

Her long-standing interest in health and numerous contributions in the House of Lords on Parkinson's issues make her a powerful advocate for people affected by the condition.

Sir David Amess, APPG Secretary

Sir David Amess (Conservative) Secretary 

An MP since 1983, Sir David is an experienced parliamentarian and has been a member of many select committees, including the Health Select Committee (1998-2007).

Mary Glindon, APPG Secretary

Mary Glindon (Labour) Secretary

Mary joined the Group after her friend in the local Parkinson's group in her constituency of North Tyneside asked her to get involved.

She has tabled a number of parliamentary questions to help advance the needs of people with Parkinson's and used her column in a local paper to raise awareness of the condition for Parkinson's Awareness Week 2016.

Glyn Davies, APPG Treasurer

Glyn Davies (Conservative) Treasurer

A long standing member of the Group, health issues are hugely important to Glynn.

He is President of both the Montgomeryshire Parkinson's and Motor Neurone Disease branches.

Jason McCartney, APPG Vice Chair

Jason McCartney (Conservative) Treasurer

As a new member to the APPG in June 2015, Jason helpfully and speedily volunteered his services as an officer of the group.

He is interested in health and has supported work to maintain welfare for people with Parkinson's.

Join the APPG for Parkinson's

If you are a parliamentarian and would like to join the APPG, please email [email protected]

The APPG for Parkinson's is listed on the official register of All-Party Parliamentary Groups.