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All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for London

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To promote London in the interests of all its people, places and businesses as a global city and powerhouse of the economy.

London MPs and Peers have come together for the first time to provide a voice for London in Parliament. The group’s purpose is to promote the capital in the interests of all Londoners. Within this objective, the specific focus is to work on the policy areas as agreed at the 2016 AGM (see below).  Meetings will be organised around these themes with invited speakers.

You can download the 2016 AGM report here.

London Council's provides the secretariat to the group on behalf of London Government including the Mayor of London and the London Assembly. The group is listed on the APPG Register.

FUTURE MEETINGS

 Date

 Subject and speakers

 Format

 Where

Tuesday 7 February 2017, between 3 - 4pm

 

Education funding in London

Cllr David Simmonds CBE, London Councils Conservative lead on education

Sue Terpilowski OBE, London Policy Chair, Federation of Small Businesses

Richard Slade, Headteacher, Plumcroft Primary School, Royal Borough of Greenwich

There are government proposals to change education funding and this will affect every school, constituency and borough. This is why the next APPG meeting will address this important and timely subject. Given its significance, we are opening up this meeting to all London MPs. 

The government has launched the second stage of its schools National Funding Formula (NFF) consultation, providing local authorities and schools with a guide of how much funding they stand to gain or lose. The new formula aims to address wide gaps in school funding between different geographical areas by using a new method to distribute cash.

There are links below to two briefings briefing. The first highlights the key points from the government consultation on school funding as far as London is concerned. It also analyses how the government proposals are likely to impact London’s schools broken down by borough. The second recasts the DfE's figures showing the effect by constituency.

Education figures by constituency

Briefing - The Future of School Funding

Committee Room 5, first floor, Palace of Westminster

Original date

Tuesday 22 November 2016

 

THIS MEETING HAS BEEN POSTPONED

Further details will be posted when we have a new date.

Rail issues in London.
Speakers have not been finalised as yet, but we are approaching the Department of Transport, Transport for London and Network Rail.
    

This is planned to focus on rail issues around Southern rail services, but also to look at wider and future plans for Crossrail2, Bakerloo line extension, West Anglia Main Line etc. This will be an open meeting.
    

 

 To be advised

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

 Date

 Subject and speakers

 Format

 Where

Tuesday 10th January 2017

The London Draft Police and Crime Plan Consultation.

Sophie Linden, London's Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC)

Sophie Linden has launched the Draft Police and Crime Plan consultation which will run until 23rd February 2017.

This meeting will allow APPG members to hear her plans for London's policing and comment on the proposals.

Read the consultation document

Read the Press Release

Committee Room 5 between 4-5pm. 

Tuesday 11 October

Airport capacity in the south east.
High-level representatives of Heathrow, Heathrow hub and Gatwick have been invited

The session is designed to give London’s MPs an opportunity to hear first-hand from the three promoters of new airport capacity that were shortlisted by the Airports Commission.

The meeting will be held in Select Committee style with questions being put  to the airport representatives from APPG members. This meeting is open to observers.

Read our briefing on Airports

Read the notes of the presentations and discussion at the meeting 

Committee Room 9.

Private session 14.00-  14.20
Main session 14.20 - 16.00

APPG meetings are open to representatives of organisations interested and affected by this issue. If you wish to attend, please allow enough time to get through security – for Committee Rooms the entrance is via Cromwell Green or at Portcullis House for meetings there.

This page will be updated, but for the latest news please see the APPG twitter page. Do consider following the group for the latest information as it happens.

Devolution for London.

See two documents on devolution to London prepared by the Greater London Authority and London Councils

Devolution briefing

London Finance Commission - updated charts 

Background

Following the general election, there was a strong feeling that a London grouping in Parliament was needed. Among the prompts to take action is the fact that London has not had a voice before in the form of an all-party group. This is important given that there now is a majority government with a full range of legislation making progress in parliament and there are 19 new MPs in London alone. Building on this immediately after the general election, London's MPs moved quickly to help set up the first-ever All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for London. The group was formally set up at the end of May 2015.

While the group’s meetings are primarily designed to allow Parliamentarians to explore these important issues, some of the meetings will be open to others as well. Beyond this the group will address and react to other issues of importance to Londoners, especially where Parliamentary debates or inquiries are also taking place. One early example is broadband coverage in London where the group reacted to reports of varying quality and are looking forward to participating in the upcoming Parliamentary Accounts Committee inquiry into this.

Contact Details and members

Registered Contact:

Robert Neill MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 020 7219 8169.

Email: [email protected]

Public Enquiry Point:

Oliver Hatch, London Councils, 59½ Southwark Street, London SE1 0AL. Tel: 020 7934 9558.

Email: [email protected]

Secretariat:

London Councils acts as the group's secretariat on behalf of London local government.

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Introduction

To promote London in the interests of all its people, places and businesses as a global city and powerhouse of the economy.

Following the general election, there was a strong feeling that a London grouping in Parliament was needed. Among the prompts to take action is the fact that London has not had a voice before in the form of an all-party group. This is important given that there now is a majority government with a full range of legislation making progress in parliament and there are 19 new MPs in London alone. Building on this immediately after the general election, London's MPs moved quickly to help set up the first-ever All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for London. The group was formally set up at the end of May 2015.

The APPG members, London MPs and Peers, come together to help provide a voice for London and to promote the capital in the interests of all Londoners.

London Council's provides the secretariat to the group on behalf of London Government including the Mayor of London and the London Assembly.

Within the group's overall objective, it is its aim to work on four main policy areas in the 2015-6 year, as agreed at the first meeting (see below). Meetings will be organised around these four main themes with invited speakers. While the meetings are primarily designed to allow Parliamentarians to explore these important issues, some of the meetings will be open to others as well. Beyond this the group will address and react to other issues of importance to Londoners, especially where Parliamentary debates or inquiries are also taking place. One early example is broadband coverage in London where the group reacted to reports of varying quality and are looking forward to participating in the upcoming Parliamentary Accounts Committee inquiry into this.

The APPG published its first annual review, which includes an outline of themes to be considered in 2016/17, following its AGM on 12 July 2016. You can download the 2016 AGM report here.

Meeting archive and notes

Tuesday 12 July 3-4pm, APPG for London AGM

The APPG for London is one year old and is holding its AGM. Parliamentarians are invited to attend. This will also be an opportunity to discuss themes for the meetings in the year to come and review last year's activities.

Location:  Room M, Portcullis House

Note: This meeting is for Parliamentarians

28 June 2016 - Air Quality

This is being planned now and speakers will be confirmed soon. Given the air quality issues in London and that this is firmly on the new Mayor’s list of priorities, this will be an timely meeting.

11 May 2016 - Reference Group  

Members of the Reference Group met with Bob Neill and Steve Reed to discuss the APPG and its work. A number of useful suggestions came out of this for the future – these are to be confirmed.

13 April 2016 - Digital connectivity

This meeting focussed on connectivity for residents and businesses. Speakers were:

  • Malcom Corbett, CEO – INCA
  • Patrick Dubeck of the GLA
  • Russ Shaw, Founder - Tech London Advocates
  • Ed Vaizey, Minister of State for the digital economy at BIS (could not make it)

After the meeting the group Co-Chairs wrote to the minister after the meeting setting out the main issues and some questions. There was also some good media coverage on this in the MJ and Evening Standard.

2 March 2016 - Educational funding in London

This focussed on the proposed changes to education funding as part of the consultation on a new National Funding Formula.

Speakers were:

  • Helen Jenner, Director of Children's Services - London Borough Barking & Dagenham
  • Graham Stapleton, Principle at Graveny School, Wandsworth
  • Cathy Walsh OBE, London Enterprise Panel  (already on the page)

Following the meeting, the APPG Co-Chairs wrote to the minister and there was some good media coverage. A successful debate was also held in the House of Commons and the minister promised to meet APPG officers on this issue.

20 January 2016 - Resourcing London

This meeting focussed on the financial impact on London’s councils of the CSR, the local government settlement and the devolution of business rates. The meeting highlighted the budgetary challenges and opportunities facing London and the boroughs.

Speakers were:

  • Guy Ware, London Councils
  • Jeremy Skinner, GLA

Following the meeting figures from these presentations were used to feed into meetings London MPs had with their councils.

9 September 2015 - Housing

With the Housing Bill about to start its Parliamentary progress at the time, there was a lot of interest and concern.

Speakers were:

  • Lord Bob Kerslake
  • Mayor Sir Steve Bullock
  • Cllr Ravi Govindia
  • Richard Blakeway

Following the meeting, Bob Neill wrote to Greg Clark MP to voice the groups concerns. Several London MPs were vocal in the debates on the Bill in the Commons and Lord Kerslake led several attempts to amend the Bill in the Lords.

8 July 2015 - City devolution

The group discussed both London’s and the government’s plans for devolution to the capital. This was set in the context that the Cities and Local Government Devolution was making its way through the House of Lords at the time.

Speakers were:

  • Mayor Jules Pipe, Chair of London Councils
  • Mayor of Hackney and Sir Eddie Lister, Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor for Policy and Planning

Members

This list is correct as of November 2016

Total members 66, with 45 MPs and 21 Peers

  • Diane Abbott
  • Lord Andrew Adonis
  • Heidi Alexander
  • Rushanara Ali
  • Rosena Allin-Khan
  • Lord Tony Berkeley
  • James Berry
  • Lord Karan Bilimoria
  • Lord Peter Bowness
  • Victoria Borwick
  • Tom Brake
  • Lyn Brown
  • Karen Buck
  • Ruth Cadbury
  • Lord Tim Clement-Jones
  • Jeremy Corbyn
  • Cllr the Baroness Couttie
  • Jon Cruddas
  • John Cryer
  • Mark Field
  • Jim Fitzpatrick
  • Vicky Foxcroft
  • Mike Gapes
  • Barry Gardiner
  • Justine Greening
  • Stephen Hammond
  • Baroness Sally Hamwee
  • Baroness Joan Hanham
  • Lord Toby Harris
  • Helen Hayes
  • Meg Hillier
  • Rt Hon Margaret Hodge
  • Kate Hoey
  • Lord John Horam
  • Rupa Huq
  • Nick Hurd
  • Baroness Jenny Jones
  • Lord Roy Kennedy
  • Lord Bob Kerslake
  • Baroness Oona King
  • Rt Hon David Lammy
  • Lord Colin Low
  • Baroness Sarah Ludford
  • Lord Tom McNally
  • Seema Malhotra
  • Tania Mathias
  • Bob Neill
  • Kate Osamor
  • Lord Swraj Paul
  • Matthew Pennycook
  • Chris Philp
  • Steve Reed
  • Joan Ryan
  • Paul Scully
  • Andy Slaughter
  • Keir Starmer
  • Wes Streeting
  • Gareth Thomas
  • Emily Thornberry
  • Rt Hon Stephen Timms
  • Lord Graham Tope
  • Lord Nick True
  • Chuka Umunna
  • Baroness Jo Valentine
  • Catherine West

APPG for London Reference Group

A reference group for the APPG for London has been set up. This brings in London-wide groups who have an interest in the work of the APPG and work on London issues. The secretariat hosts meetings of the group so as to be able to feed information and views in both directions. The organisations currently on the reference group are as follows:

  • London Communications Agency
  • London First
  • Centre for London
  • London Chamber of Commerce
  • City of London
  • Colliers
  • London Fire Brigade
  • Port of Tilbury
  • National Housing Federation

Contact details and Officers

Group Officers

Chair & Registered Contact: Robert Neill MP, Conservative

Co-Chair: Mr Steve Reed MP, Labour (Co-op)

Secretary: Catherine West MP, Labour

Treasurer: Paul Scully MP, Conservative

Registered Contact:

Robert Neill MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 020 7219 8169.

Email: [email protected]

Public Enquiry Point:

Oliver Hatch, London Councils, 59½ Southwark Street, London SE1 0AL. Tel: 020 7934 9558.

Email: [email protected]

Secretariat:

London Councils acts as the group's secretariat on behalf of London local government.

Follow the group on Twitter.

Group included in the latest Register of All-Party Parliamentary Groups, 29 September 2015.

See the online APPG register

Date of most recent AGM in this Parliament 28/05/2015

Did the group publish an income and expenditure statement relating to the AGM above? No

Reporting year 28 May 2015 to 27 May 2016

Next reporting deadline 28/09/2016