As a direct result of the Target Ovarian Cancer Parliamentary Reception, launching the 'six simple steps' campaign a month ago, a group of cross-party MPs have now set up a group within Parliament to ensure ovarian cancer is firmly on the political map.
All Party Parliamentary Groups cover a vast range of subjects, and how often they meet and what they do depends on the members. Whilst a few can be more light hearted in tone, others such as the All Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer can be highly effective and influential.
Russell Brown MP, a supporter of Target Ovarian Cancer, and Sharon Hodgson MP who hosted our recent reception were both keen to see such a group set up. "We were delighted at the response when we asked MPs at the reception to consider signing up - indeed we met the minimum required number of 20 MPs, 10 of which are from the governing coalition, and 10 from the opposition at the reception itself. Our request for other interested MPs went out, just as the six simple steps booklets landed on MPs' desks, and even more have now come forward. Having Target Ovarian Cancer's support in terms of administering the group, organising events, and hosting a web page for us will help to make it a really focused dynamic group."
The group held their inaugural Annual General Meeting on 19th July in Parliament at which the following officers were elected:
- Chair: Sharon Hodgson MP
- Vice Chairs:
- Lord Clement Jones
- Tim Farron MP
- David Amess MP
- Treasurer: Russell Brown MP
Secretariat role will be carried out by Target Ovarian Cancer
Over the course of the summer, a web page will be set up, and a programme of activities for the forthcoming year agreed.