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The All Party Parliamentary Water Group

The All Party Parliamentary Water Group brings together Parliamentarians and stakeholders from across the UK water sector to discuss the issues impacting the sector.

About the Group

APPWG fringe meetingThe All Party Parliamentary Water Group provides a forum for Parliamentarians and interested stakeholders to monitor government and regulatory policy and maintain a dialogue with government, Parliament, the water sector and a wide range of other interested groups. The Group has been running for nearly 10 years and is one of the most active All Party Groups in Parliament, holding regular meetings throughout the year on a wide range of topics.

The Group Officers

The Group is led by a cross-party team of officers, headed by our Group co-chairs, Angela Smith MP and Baroness McIntosh of Pickering.



Angela Smith MP, Co-Chair

Angela Smith was Shadow Water Minister from April 2014 to September 2015, having previously served as Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, and is now a leading member of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee. She has been the Labour MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge (formerly Sheffield, Hillsborough) since May 2005 and is one of the party’s leading voices on environmental and conservation issues.



Baroness McIntosh of Pickering, Co-Chair

Anne McIntosh was elevated to the peerage as Baroness McIntosh of Pickering in October 2015 following a long career as first an MEP, from 1989 to 1999, and then as Conservative MP for Thirsk and Malton (formerly Vale of York) from 1997 to 2015. She has a huge range of experience and expertise in environmental policy having served as Shadow Environment Minister from 2007 to 2010 and as Chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee from 2010 to 2015.



Neil Parish MP, Vice Chair

Neil Parish is a former MEP who was elected as the Conservative MP for Tiverton and Honiton at the 2010 general election. During his career in the European Parliament, from 1999 to 2009, he served on the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development. In October 2015 he was elected as Chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee, having served as a leading member of the Committee since his election to Parliament in 2010.



Earl Selborne, Treasurer

Earl Selborne is a respected ecological expert who currently chairs the Science and Technology Select Committee in the House of Lords. He has been a Peer since 1971 and has served in a wide range of senior roles including as President of the Royal Agricultural Society from 1987 to 1988, as President of the Royal Geographical Society from 1997 to 2000 and as a Patron of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.

Affordability in the water sector

Date: Tuesday 27th June 2017
Time: 5pm to 6.30pm
Venue: Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

The next meeting of the Group will take place after the General Election on Tuesday 27th June between 5.00pm and 6.30pm in the Thatcher Room, Portcullis House, Westminster.

The meeting will focus on affordability in the water sector and will hear from the following:

  • Tony Smith, Chief Executive of the Consumer Council for Water
  • Louis Beardmore, Director of Customer Service at United Utilities
  • Teresa Perchard, Customer Challenge Group Chair at Affinity Water

This meeting will also serve as the Group’s Annual General Meeting so please do get in touch if you are an MP or Peer and interested in standing as an officer.

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