All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Civic Societies


"The APPG for Civic Societies was established to represent the civic society movement in Parliament and help make the movement’s voice heard"

Laura Sandys MP (first chair of the APPG for Civic Societies)

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Civic Societies was re-registered in the House of Commons on 16th November 2015. We aim to get over 100 MPs signed up to the group within the coming years.  

  • Chair: Craig Mackinlay MP
  • Vice chair: William Wragg MP
  • Officer: Kelly Tolhurst MP
  • Officer: Craig Tracey MP
  • Officer: Christian Matheson MP

Registered Contact:
Craig Mackinlay MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 020 7219
4442. Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Public Enquiry Point:
Ian Harvey, The Coffin Works, 13-15 Fleet Street, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, B3 1JP
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The APPG for Civic Societies is always growing. See all of the members here.


Is your MP not on the list? Invite them to join using our template letter found here.

APPG priorities

The APPG agreed that the priorities for the coming year will be the built and historic environment with a particular focus on places of historical importance.  

What is an APPG?

An all-party group has a membership of backbench Members of the House of Commons and/or Houses of Lords of more than one party. They have a liaison function and, when necessary, can exert pressure on a Minister to modify policy or influence legislation and further action in particular areas.

All-party groups draw attention to certain aspects of public affairs and assist in keeping the Government informed of parliamentary opinion, and may act as pressure-groups to promote a specific cause. An approved list of registered all-party groups was established by the House on 31 October 1984.

See all of the upcoming APPG events here

Past APPG events

Click on the links below to see reports for each event.

APPG for Civic Societies launch event - 16/11/2015

APPG for Civic Societies: Future of the Historic Environment - 27/01/2016

APPG for Civic Societies: Historic Towns and Cathedral Cities - 08/03/2016

APPG for Civic Societies: 100 years on: Recruting a new frontline - 19/04/2016

APPG for Civic Societies and APPG on Local Democracy: Is the Planning System Working? - 07/06/2016

APPG for Civic Societies: Civic Day launch - 15/11/2016

APPG for Civic Societies and APPG on Local Democracy: Will Neighbourhood Planning deliver the homes the country needs? - 31/01/2017

APPG for Civic Societies: Will the Housing White Paper deliver the homes the country needs? - 21/02/2017