All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) are informal cross-party groups that have no official status within Parliament. They are essentially run by and for Members of the Commons and Lords, although many groups involve individuals and organisations from outside Parliament in their administration and activities.
In order that we can promote all the interests of the Haemophilia community with the government, we need a strong and organised body of support in Parliament.
The key body we work with to promote this is the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Haemophilia and Contaminated Blood. The Group meet on the 17th October and re-established itself. They elected Jason McCartney MP and Diana Johnson MP as Co-Chairs.
Please use the links below to contact your MP and to ask him or her to join and support the Group. (The link lets you check first to see if they are already a member – in which case you may wish to write to thank them for their support). The strength of our campaign in Parliament relies heavily on having a vibrant and active All Party Parliamentary Group and accordingly we’ve set ourselves the target of recruiting 50 MPs to the APPG. With a strong Group we will get more parliamentary debates, more written questions and better access to Ministers. With a louder voice in parliament we will be better able to fight for optimal treatment and care for everyone affected by bleeding disorders.This is especially important given the current NHS reorganisation.
When your MP confirms they will become a member of the All Party Group – or states that they will not - please advise Chris James or Dan Farthing at the Haemophilia Society. Please also contact us if you have questions or comments on this.