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As well as taking part in formal parliamentary business, MPs are active in other areas such as within their own political parties and constituencies. They may also take part in informal work at Westminster, such as working with All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs).

APPGs are informal cross-party groups that have no official status within Parliament. They are run by and for Members of the Commons and Lords, though many choose to involve individuals and organisations from outside Parliament in their administration and activities.

The APPG on Yemen is one of the most active in Parliament, regularly organising well-attended meetings with high-profile stakeholders and political figures, and organising debates to be held in the House of Commons.

Please find the link to the All Party Parliamentary Group's register here

Officers of the Group

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Chairman - Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP

Keith Vaz was first elected in June 1987 and was subsequently re-elected as a Member of Parliament 7 times, representing Leicester East. He was the first person of Asian origin to sit in the House of Commons since 1922. Keith was Britain’s Minister for Europe under Tony Blair. He served as Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee between 2007 – 2016. He is currently Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Diabetes.

He was born in Aden, Yemen, and has worked on issues relating to Yemen throughout his 31 years as an MP in the House of Commons. He was re-elected Chairman of the APPG on Yemen in July 2017
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Vice Chair - Tim Loughton MP

Tim Loughton has been an MP for East Worthing and Shoreham since the 1997 general election. Loughton was the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families from 2010-2012. Tim has previously visited Yemen and has served the Group in the capacity of Secretary previously.
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Secretary - Alison Thewliss MP

Alison Thewliss was elected on 7th May 2015 to serve the people of Glasgow Central in May 2015. She is the SNP Spokesperson for Cities in the House of Commons. Prior to her election as an MP, she served as Glasgow Councillor for the Calton Ward in the East End. She takes a keen interest in improving local government and democracy. Alison is one of the most active members of Parliament, particularly when it comes to Yemen. Alison regularly contributes in debates on the subject and has been a champion for the Yemeni people through her three years in Parliament.

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Treasurer-Gill Furniss MP

Gill Furniss is a British Labour Party politician and the member of Parliament for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough. Gill has a significant Yemeni population in her constituency.
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Vice Chair- Lord Kilcloony

is a former Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) Northern Irish MP and a life peer. He was born in Armagh in Northern Ireland[1]. He was deputy leader of the UUP from 1995 to 2001, and a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly.
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