The All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism
All-Party Parliamentary Groups are formed by members of both Houses of Parliament from across the political spectrum and meet to discuss issues of concern. The rules for APPG’s and other information can be found here.
Unlike select committees, they are voluntary and receive no parliamentary funding but do have access to parliamentary facilities. The groups have no formal place in the legislature.
The APPG against Antisemitism was established to combat antisemitism and help develop and seek implementation of effective public policy to combat antisemitism.. With committed members and an enviable reputation within Westminster and Whitehall for its impartiality, integrity and measured approach, the Group enjoys unique standing.
Administrative support is provided to the Group by the Parliamentary Committee Against Antisemitism Foundation. This consists of the provision of staff and other declared support. Financial funding declarations for the Group as well as details of the members can be found here on the register of All-Party Groups .
The All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism
The All-Party Parliamentary Group against Antisemitism, chaired by John Mann MP from 2005, commissioned an inquiry into the state of antisemitism in the UK chaired by Rt Hon Denis MacShane MP. The 14 MPs involved found that there had been a rise in antisemitism in the UK over recent years and the panel was shocked by the details they learned during the process of the inquiry. As a result, they published a report with 35 recommendations for Government, Parliament and civil society in September 2006. The Government officially responded with two Command Papers over two years and is set to report a third time in 2010. The APPG Against Antisemitism is now fully focused on working with Government and other partners to implement these and other measures to send out the clearest of messages; intolerance will no longer be tolerated.
To see the All-Party Inquiry report and associated responses, please see our publications page.
Work of the APPG
Antisemitism has been a feature of parliamentary debate, questions (both written and oral), early day motions or select committee reports. This is often a result of All-Party Group initiatives.
Through the link here you can track what matters relating to Antisemitism have been discussed in the House of Parliament, what speeches our members have given on the subject and you can see a list of the current All-Party Group members and their biographies.
In addition, the Parliament website contains records of all House of Commons and House of Lords business, including Committees. It also has information about how Parliament works.