Gypsies, Travellers and Roma APPG

First Registered: 13/11/2015 • Last updated on: 21/04/2021

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To provide a forum for parliamentarians concerned about issues facing Gypsy, Traveller and Roma communities and seek to address these issues and challenge inequalities.

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 Gypsies, Travellers and Roma

1. Gypsies and Travellers
09/05/2019 - Parliamentary Research

Found: 2019 Gypsies and Travellers By Hannah Cromarty Contents: 1. Who are Gypsies and Travellers? 2. Inequalities

2. Traveller Movement and the Gypsy Roma Traveller Police Association (GRTPA) - written evidence
14/05/2019 - Inquiry: The Macpherson Report: Twenty Years On - Home Affairs Committee
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Found: Written evidence - Traveller Movement and the Gypsy Roma Traveller Police Association (GRTPA)Written submission

3. Friends, Families and Travellers - written evidence
06/06/2018 - Inquiry: Benefit sanctions - Work and Pensions Committee
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Found: Friends Families and Travellers (ANC0030) Introduction Friends Families and Travellers are the only national

4. OPERATION REPORT HATE
13/12/2016 - Early Day Motions

Found: awareness of hate crimes within the Gypsy, Traveller and Roma communities and the need to report them; notes that

5. Written Evidence: The Traveller Movement (HPB80)
24/11/2015 - Bill Documents

Found: working in partnership with the Gypsy, Traveller and Roma communities, service providers and policy makers

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to Gypsies, Travellers and Roma

1. Gypsy, Traveller and Roma Communities
08/03/2018 - Grand Committee

1: Accommodation and the Living Environment on Gypsies’ and Travellers’ Health by Professor Margaret Greenfields - Speech Link

2. Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Communities: Inequalities
25/02/2020 - Grand Committee

1: Committee, Tackling inequalities faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities, published on 5 April - Speech Link
2: the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Gypsies, Travellers and Roma.This excellent report sets out - Speech Link

3. Gypsies, Travellers and Roma: Racism and Discrimination
25/03/2021 - Lords Chamber

1: further to reports of the blacklisting of Irish Travellers by Pontins, what steps they are taking to tackle - Speech Link
2: spoken to many Roma, Gypsy and Traveller leaders, such as Zeljko Jovanovic from the Roma Initiatives Office - Speech Link
3: enforcement action if needed. The problem is that Gypsy, Roma and Traveller groups face particular discrimination - Speech Link

4. Planning System: Gypsies and Travellers
29/01/2020 - Westminster Hall

1: move,That this House has considered Gypsies, Travellers and the planning system.It is a huge - Speech Link
2: not include only residents and businesses, but Travellers. During one of his excellent debates on this - Speech Link
3: historically, planning laws have discriminated against Travellers who live a nomadic lifestyle, the percentage - Speech Link

5. Trespass
19/04/2021 - Westminster Hall

1: points with Abbie from Friends, Families and Travellers during a really brilliant conversation. She expressed - Speech Link
2: several hundred, and by over 8% in total. Gypsies and Travellers are among the most marginalised and discriminated - Speech Link
3: authorities and regional governments, treats Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people. His work has been very important - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Gypsies, Travellers and Roma
1. National Tutoring Programme: Roma and Travellers
asked by: Nadia Whittome
02/10/2020
... Roma and Irish Traveller communities are reached as part of the National Tutoring Programme for children; and if he will ring-fence funding from that programme for those communities.

2. Coronavirus: Roma
asked by: Gill Furniss
20/05/2020
... what recent assessment he has made of the rate of (a) infection and (b) death from covid-19 within the Roma community.

3. Immigration: Roma
asked by: Lord Bishop of St Albans
12/04/2021
... experienced by that community.

4. Kosovo: Roma
asked by: Baroness Whitaker
25/02/2021
...To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Kosovo about permitting to Kosovan Roma who were forced to leave Kosovo as a result of war the right to vote in the forthcoming elections in that country.

5. Immigration: Roma
asked by: Baroness Whitaker
13/07/2020
... who may have their applications for naturalisation refused because they did not have Comprehensive Sickness Insurance before settled status was granted throughout any period of self-sufficiency or as a student.

Latest Questions
10 Current APPG Officers
Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth Portrait
Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth
Honorary President
Conservative - Life peer
Joined: 5th November 2019
2 APPG Memberships
Bosnia and Herzegovina , Srebrenica
Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville Portrait
Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville
Vice Chair
Liberal Democrat - Life peer
Joined: 10th October 2018
3 APPG Memberships
County , Dark Skies , District Councils
Peter Bottomley Portrait
Peter Bottomley
Vice Chair
Conservative - Worthing West
Joined: 29th March 2017
Baroness Brinton Portrait
Baroness Brinton
Officer
Liberal Democrat - Life peer
Joined: 24th February 2020
Gill Furniss Portrait
Gill Furniss
Officer
Labour - Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough
Joined: 24th February 2020
2 APPG Memberships
Drones , Endometriosis
Contact Details

Registered Contact:

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 020 7219 4609.

Email: martin.docherty.mp@parliament.uk

Public Enquiry Point:

Abbie Kirkby, Friends, Families and Travellers, Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG. Tel: 01273 234 777

Email: appg@gypsy-traveller.org

Secretariat:

Friends, Families and Travellers acts as the group's secretariat. https://www.gypsy-traveller.org/

Group's Website:

https://www.gypsy-traveller.org/appg/

Benefits in Kind
Date
22 Jan 2020
Source
Friends, Families and Travellers
Description
Friends, Families and Travellers is paid by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust to act as the group's secretariat   From : 22/01/2020 To : 21/01/2021
Value
£21,001
Date
18 Jul 2019
Source
Friends, Families and Travellers (funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust)
Description
Secretariat   From : 18/07/2019 To : 17/07/2020
Value
£19,501
Date
18 Jul 2018
Source
Friends, Families and Travellers (funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and Allen Lane Foundation)
Description
Secretariat   From : 18/07/2018 To : 17/07/2019
Value
£22,501
Date
1 Apr 2018
Source
Friends, Families and Travellers (funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust)
Description
Secretariat   From : 01/04/2018 To : 17/07/2018
Value
£6,001
Date
1 Jan 2017
Source
Traveller Law Reform Project
Description
Secretariat   From : 01/01/2017 To : 31/12/2017
Value
£9,001
Date
1 Jan 2015
Source
Traveller Law Reform Project
Description
Secretariat   From : 01/01/2015 To : 31/12/2015
Value
£13,501

No direct financial benefits are on record for the Gypsies, Travellers and Roma APPG

Former APPG Officers
Kate Green Portrait
Kate Green
Chair & Registered Contact
Labour - Stretford and Urmston
Joined: 29th March 2017
Departed: 1st July 2020
3 APPG Memberships
British Sikhs , Dalits , Srebrenica
Baroness Harris of Richmond Portrait
Baroness Harris of Richmond
Vice-Chair
Liberal Democrat - Life peer
Joined: 28th April 2016
Departed: 29th August 2018
Neil Coyle Portrait
Neil Coyle
Chair & Registered Contact
Labour - Bermondsey and Old Southwark
Joined: 28th April 2016
Departed: 15th February 2017
Graham Evans Portrait
Graham Evans
Vice Chair
Conservative - Former Member for Weaver Vale
Joined: 13th November 2015
Departed: 15th February 2017
No other APPG Memberships
Harry Harpham Portrait
Harry Harpham
Chair & Registered Contact
Labour - Former Member for Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough
Joined: 13th November 2015
Departed: 3rd February 2016
No other APPG Memberships
Lord Avebury Portrait
Lord Avebury
Co-Chair
Liberal Democrat - Deceased - 14 February 2016
Joined: 13th November 2015
Departed: 3rd February 2016
No other APPG Memberships