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A Forum for Policy and Progress

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Key Cities is a cross-party forum of Parliamentarians, City Leaders and Stakeholders engaged in developing policy and engaging with Government on issues affecting liveability and sustainable growth in our key cities.

In a rapidly urbanising world facing challenges and opportunities of digitalisation, community resilience and sustainable development, our towns and cities hold the key to forging a balanced and successful national economy. The UK’s key cities are well placed to help find scaleable solutions for connected urban centres and to address systemic inequalities rooted in changing industry, commerce and trade.

This is not an official feed of the House of Commons or the House of Lords. It has not been approved by either House or its committees. All-Party Parliamentary Groups are informal groups of Members of both Houses with a common interest in particular issues. The views expressed in the webpages are those of the group.

Minutes of previous meetings, Register Entries and Financial Statements are available here.

Officers

Membership of the APPG on Key Cities is open to all MPs and Peers. Associate membership is open to members of the Key Cities Group network, to stakeholders and to others interested in the development and success of the UK's towns and cities.

John Stevenson MP

Chair

Conservative MP for Carlisle since 2010, John is known for organising the city's annual Skills Fair which connects thousands of young people with businesses. John also chairs the APPGs for Food and Drink, the West Coast Mainline, and Family Businesses, and is a member of the Nuclear Industry APPG.

Julie Elliott MP

Co-Chair

Julie has represented Sunderland Central as Labour MP since 2010 and has served as Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change. She has been an active member of several APPGs and is determined to ensure her city has a strong voice in the North East and at Westminster.

Imran Ahmad Khan MP

Vice-Chair

Elected Conservative MP for Wakefield in 2019, Imran is a strong supporter of the National Health Service and a powerful voice for his city. A former United Nations official, he is an expert in counter-terrorism. He is a proponent of equal opportunity and supports the Yorkshire Devolution Movement.

Tracy Brabin MP

Vice-Chair

Shadow Cultural Industries Minister Tracy Brabin was a long-time actor and activist before being elected in 2017 as the Labour & Co-operative MP for the Batley and Spen seat following the tragic murder of Jo Cox. Tracy has served on the Women & Inequalities Select Committee and is standing to be Mayor of West Yorkshire.

Jane Stevenson MP

Vice-Chair

Formerly a professional opera singer, Jane is a born-and-bred Wulfrunian who has represented her home city of Wolverhampton as its Conservative MP since 2019. Among many other local campaigns, Jane successfully fought to secure Government funding to improve Wednesfield High Street.

Stephen Morgan MP

Vice-Chair

Shadow Armed Forces Minister Stephen Morgan, elected as Labour MP for Portsmouth in 2017, has a long record of involvement in engaging communities. He has a keen interest in improving public services, encouraging educational opportunities for all and tackling crime.

Secretariat

The Secretariat of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Key Cities is operated by Images&Co, working in partnership with ING Media.

The Programme Director is Kasper de Graaf.

You can contact the APPG by EMAIL, or by writing to:

APPG on Key Cities

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The Clarence Centre for Enterprise & Innovation

6 St George's Circus

London SE1 6FE

Media enquiries: Rose Marshall | EMAIL