Kerry McCarthy Labour MP for Bristol East
There was a rush of activity in Parliament last week with lots of All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) restarting after the General Election. These groups, involving MPs and peers, provide an important forum for cross-party working and although they often operate out of the public eye, sometimes manage to make a real difference on specific issues.
I attended meetings on autism, net zero, ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis), youth action and climate change, dog welfare, and Somaliland, and chaired the AGM of the Performers’ Alliance, which brings together the Musicians Union, Equity and the Writers Guild to represent the needs of people working in the arts.
I’m hoping to relaunch the APPG on sustainable food and farming that I chaired in the last Parliament over the coming weeks. With the Government’s Agriculture Bill tabled last Thursday, the work of that group has never been more important.