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 provides a forum to discuss issues related to the civic movement and provides a platform to raise these issues on the parliamentary agenda. The group is chaired by Craig Mackinlay MP (Conservative), and Vice-Chair's include Sarah Olney (Liberal-Democrat) and Rosie Duffield (Labour Party). We are supported in the House of Lords by Baroness Kay Andrews. 

Civic Voice's Director, Ian Harvey is the registered Secretary. 

You can see the APPG for Civic Societies listed on the Parliamentary website here

MPs Registered with the APPG

  1. Craig Mackinlay (Chair) South Thanet, Conservative 
  2. Rosie Duffield (Vice Chair) Canterbury, Labour
  3. Sarah Olney (Vice Chair) Richmond Park, Liberal Democrats 
  4. Mark Garnier (Vice Chair) Wyre Forest, Conservative 
  5. Peter Bone (Vice Chair) Wellingborough, Conservative 
  6. Steve Brine, Winchester, Conservative .
  7. Stephen Morgan, Portsmouth, South Labour 
  8. Baroness Kay Andrews (House of Lords) Labour 
  9. Ruth Cadbury MP, Brentford and Isleworth, Labour 
  10. Bambos Charalambous MP, Enfield, Southgate, Labour 
  11. Sir Ed Davey MP, Kingston and Surbiton, Liberal Democrats 
  12. Tim Farron MP, South Lakes MP, Liberal Democrats 
  13. Sir John Hayes MP, South Holland and The Deepings, Conservative .
  14. Rupa Huq MP, Ealing Central and Acton, Labour 
  15. Paul Maynard MP, Blackpool North and Cleveleys, Conservative 
  16. Karl McCartney MP, (Vice Chair) Lincoln, Conservative .
  17. Robbie Moore MP, Keighley Conservative
  18. Stephen Morgan MP, Portsmouth
  19. Alec Shelbrooke MP, Wetherby, Conservative
  20. Greg Smith MP, Buckingham, Conservative 
  21. Cat Smith MP,  Lancaster and Fleetwood, Labour 
  22. Catherine West MP, Hornsey and Wood Green, Labour 
  23. William Wragg MP, Hazel Grove, Conservative
  24. James Wild MP, North West Norfolk, Conservative 

Is your MP a member of the group? Invite them to join using our template letter found here.

APPG priorities

The APPG priorities for the coming year will be focusing on Levelling Up. The Levelling Up White Paper predicts that by 2030, pride in place, including residents' satisfaction with their town centre and involvement in local culture and community, will have increased in every region of the UK, with the gap between top performing and other areas narrowing. We will be looking into this area of work and considering how Civic Societies can help influence this agenda.

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

Ian Harvey, The Coffin Works, 13-15 Fleet Street, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, B3 1JP
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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. 


Click on the links below to see reports for some of our past events.

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