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The All Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer (APPGC) was founded in 1998 to keep cancer at the top of the political agenda, and to ensure that policy-making remains patient centred. The Group brings together MPs and Peers from across the political spectrum to debate key issues and campaign together to improve cancer services.
The APPG on Cancer holds regular meetings and has recently discussed such vital issues as inequalities in cancer, the Cancer Plan and Reform Strategy, professional and financial side effects of cancer, genetics, public health, and cancer and private health care, attracting an impressive range of speakers and a wide audience of MPs and cancer organisations.
The APPGC's landmark event is the annual Britain Against Cancer conference|. This event is a unique opportunity to bring together everyone who has an interest in improving cancer services in the UK. Read about last year's conference here|.
John Baron MP - Chair
John Baron has been the MP for Billericay since June 2001. Educated at Cambridge, John then joined the Army and served in several operational tours of duty overseas. On his return to the UK he became an Investment Manager in London specialising in the charities sector. John's interests include charity fundraising, walking and history.
A former Shadow Health Minister with responsibility for cancer, John is chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer and enjoys playing an active role for the Group in parliament.
Baroness Morgan of Drefelin is a crossbench peer and the Chief Executive of Breast Cancer Campaign. She received her peerage in 2004 while she was the Chief Executive of Breakthrough Breast Cancer, a role she held between 1996 and 2005, during which period she was key to significantly raising the profile of breast cancer.
She is an active member of the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Cancer, Breast Cancer and Medical Research. Previously a Government minister, she held positions as the Minister for Children, Young People and Families and Shadow Education Minister.
Grahame Morris MP spent his early career working for the NHS. In 2000, he was appointed Parliamentary Officer for the National Association of Councillors, providing information on policy developments in local government to councillors across the UK.
Mr Morris was elected to the Health Select Committee in July 2010 and cites his priorities as addressing health inequalities, economic regeneration and tackling anti-social behaviour.
Mr Stephen Metcalfe MP won the South Basildon and East Thurrock seat in the 2010 General Election.
He was previously a councillor for Epping Forest District Council. He is currently a trustee of Age Concern Basildon and his policy interests include protecting green spaces and youth community engagement.
Baroness Finlay of Llandaff - Vice Chair
Ilora Finlay is a Professor of Palliative Medicine and has worked with Marie Curie Cancer Care since 1987. She was Vice Dean in the School of Medicine, Cardiff University between August 2000 and October 2005. Professor Finlay has recently taken up the position of President at the Royal Society of Medicine. Since her elevation to a Peerage in 2001, she has been actively involved in debates on health issues, particularly relating to health and tobacco.
She has published and lectured widely on palliative care, and researched into aspects of cancer palliative care. She established the internationally renowned Certificate Diploma/MSc distance learning courses in palliative care at Cardiff University, from which over 900 senior clinicians worldwide have graduated.
Lord Lewis of Newnham - Vice Chair
Lord Lewis was born in Barrow-in-Furness and educated at Birmingham School and took a BSc and PhD degree in Chemistry at the University of Nottingham. He was a lecturer at Sheffield University, Imperial College and University College before becoming a professor at Manchester, University College and finally the University of Cambridge.
He has been a member of the House of Lords since 1989 and was chairman of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution 1986-1991. He has served as President of the ARC since 2001 and was Warden of Robinson College, Cambridge 1975-1991. He is a member of the Royal Society and numerous foreign academies.
Baroness Masham of Ilton - Vice Chair
Baroness Masham of Ilton is a crossbench member of the House of Lords. She was born as Susan Lilian Primrose Sinclair, the daughter of Major Sir Ronald Sinclair, 8th Bt, and educated at Heathfield School and London Polytechnic. In 1959 she married Lord Masham, who became Earl of Swinton in 1972. By this marriage Susan Cunliffe-Lister became Countess of Swinton. Baroness Masham is a prominent Roman Catholic convert and a patron of the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology.
Baroness Masham was disabled in a riding accident in 1959, and subsequently became a champion for causes related to disability. She was created a life peer in 1970 as Baroness Masham of Ilton, of Masham in the North Riding of the County of York. She is an active member of the House of Lords, where she continues to be known as Baroness Masham of Ilton, despite holding the higher title of Countess. She takes a particular interest in issues surrounding disability, health and penal reform.
The Secretariat to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer is provided by Macmillan Cancer Support and supported by a stakeholder group of organisations including Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Cancer Black Care, Cancer Research UK, Marie Curie Cancer Care, the Men's Health Forum, the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI), the National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN), the Teenage Cancer Trust and the Rarer Cancer's Forum.
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