Friends of Syria APPG

First Registered: 13/11/2015 • Last updated on: 25/08/2021

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A forum for MPs and Peers interested in Syria.

Note: All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) are informal, cross-party groups formed by MPs and Members of the House of Lords who share a common interest in a particular policy area, region or country. APPGs have no official status within Parliament.

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Recent Documents related to Friends of Syria

1. Syria
24/02/2020 - Lords Chamber

2. Syria
11/03/2019 - Commons Chamber

3. Syria
16/04/2018 - Lords Chamber

4. Syria
30/04/2018 - Commons Chamber

5. Syria
16/04/2018 - Commons Chamber

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to Friends of Syria

1. US Troop Withdrawal from Northern Syria
08/10/2019 - Commons Chamber

1: proposed Turkish military action in north-east Syria. The Foreign and Defence Secretaries both spoke - Speech Link
2: President’s decision to remove US troops from northern Syria goes against official and congressional advice and - Speech Link
3: support any incursion by Turkey into north-west Syria.My right hon. Friend will know from previous - Speech Link

2. Syria: British Armed Forces
24/10/2019 - Lords Chamber

1: assets are currently involved in operations over Syria as part of the global coalition against Daesh, and - Speech Link
2: United Kingdom has always been clear in relation to Syria as a whole that we want a political solution. We - Speech Link
3: Lord West, that we continue to support our old friends and allies the Kurds in their efforts to fight - Speech Link

3. Syria
24/02/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: security situation in Syria:“We are deeply concerned by the crisis in north-west Syria, where the situation - Speech Link
2: Idlib?Finally, our friends in the Kurdish community, while no friends of the jihadists and their - Speech Link
3: successful efforts that were made against Daesh in Syria. I assure him that we remain very much committed - Speech Link

4. Turkish Incursion into Northern Syria
15/10/2019 - Commons Chamber

1: Turkey launched a military operation in north-east Syria. Turkish troops have pushed into northern-Syrian - Speech Link
2: the 3.6 million refugees that it has taken from Syria, and its concerns about the threat to its security - Speech Link
3: just a week, we have seen the map of north-east Syria redrawn, following the ill-thought-through foreign - Speech Link

5. Syria and Iraq
24/10/2019 - Lords Chamber

1: opportunity to discuss the recent events in north-east Syria, and their implications for the wider region, and - Speech Link
2: would blossom. None of that has happened. Secondly, Syria was assumed to be the same as other Arab countries - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Friends of Syria
1. Religious Society of Friends: Coronavirus
asked by: Lord Hylton
...To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they intend to have with representatives of the British Society of Friends to discuss post COVID-19 pandemic recovery plans.

2. Conservative Friends of Israel
asked by: Nicholas Soames
... how many meetings he has had with representatives of the Conservative Friends of Israel since January 2017.

3. Syria
asked by: Jonathan Edwards
... what recent assessment he has made of the (a) political and (b) humanitarian situation in Syria.

4. Friends of Syria
asked by: Tim Farron
... when he next expects the Friends of Syria Group to meet next.

5. Friends of the Earth: Leaflets
asked by: Lord Lilley
... if she will ask the Charities Commission to investigate the implications for the charitable status of Friends of the Earth of the ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority on Friends of the Earth's fund-raising leaflets.

Latest Questions
7 Current APPG Officers
Alison McGovern Portrait
Alison McGovern
Chair & Registered Contact
Labour - Wirral South
Joined: 24th November 2016
Andrew Mitchell Portrait
Andrew Mitchell
Conservative - Sutton Coldfield
Joined: 13th November 2015
Thangam Debbonaire Portrait
Thangam Debbonaire
Labour - Bristol West
Joined: 8th April 2020
3 APPG Memberships
Autism , Eritrea , Parkrun
Jeff Smith Portrait
Jeff Smith
Labour - Manchester, Withington
Joined: 8th April 2020
Contact Details

Registered Contact:

Alison McGovern MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 020 7219 7190.


Group's Website:

Benefits in Kind
7 Nov 2016
Friends of Syria Campaign
Printing costs and travel costs for speakers.
7 Nov 2016
Syria Campaign
Printing costs and travel costs for speakers.
13 Oct 2016
Friends of Syria Campaign
Secretariat   From : 13/10/2016 To : 12/10/2017

No direct financial benefits are on record for the Friends of Syria APPG

Former APPG Officers
Lord Walney Portrait
Lord Walney
Non-affiliated - Life peer
Joined: 13th November 2015
Departed: 21st November 2018
2 APPG Memberships
Blood Cancer , District Councils
Lord Hylton Portrait
Lord Hylton
Crossbench - Excepted Hereditary
Joined: 13th November 2015
Departed: 2nd May 2017
No other APPG Memberships
Jo Cox Portrait
Jo Cox
Chair & Registered Contact
Labour - Former Member for Batley and Spen
Joined: 13th November 2015
Departed: 3rd June 2016
No other APPG Memberships