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The Illicit Trade All Party Parliamentary Group

The Group has carried out a formal inquiry into the state of illicit trade in the UK.

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About the Group

The APPG on Illicit Trade was set up in 2017 to investigate and raise awareness of illicit trade in Britain, support closer working with parliamentarians to bring fresh impetus and ideas to tackling illicit trade and to highlight the impact on local businesses, high streets and communities.

The APPG seeks to:

  • raise awareness amongst MPs and Peers of the detrimental impact of the illicit market in the UK;
  • improve the understanding of the costs to business, taxpayers and local communities of illicit trade;
  • highlight the links between illicit trade and organised crime in the UK;
  • examine and promote international, national and regional best practice approaches to tackle illicit trade and
  • define the principal means of reducing the demand for and supply of illicit goods in the UK.

The Group Officers

Dr Matthew Offord MP, Chair

Matthew Offord has been the MP for Hendon since 2010. As MP Matthew has taken up a wide range of issues in Parliament including tackling crime, improving the Thameslink service, new school places, funding for extra school security, lower energy costs and animal welfare.

Prior to becoming a Member of Parliament, Matthew worked for the BBC as a political analyst and was also Deputy Leader of Barnet Council.

Information on all the groups officers can be found here.

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Inquiry into Illicit Trade in the UK

The Group has carried out a formal inquiry into the state of illicit trade in the UK and will be launching our report with our findings on Tuesday 17 July.

We received written evidence from a wide range of stakeholders and held oral evidence sessions with witnesses from business, consumer, law enforcement and government bodies.

If you would like to attend please email

Contact the Group

If you have any questions or would like to find out more about the Group, please contact Isabella Hunter-Fajardo via