Key Cities APPG

First Registered: 29/03/2017 • Last updated on: 27/01/2021

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To offer a forum for parliamentarians to discuss matters of mutual interest across the UK's key cities. The Key Cities organisation is a cross-party initiative whose members are committed to ensuring that all UK cities are placed on a sustainable footing to deliver continued, inclusive economic growth.

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 Key Cities

1. Evaluation of the SuperConnected Cities Programme
16/10/2020 - Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
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Found: Evaluation of the SuperConnected Cities Programme: Final Synthesis Report July 2019

2. UK Prosperity Fund: Turkey
15/11/2019 - Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
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Found: 2019 Prosperity Fund annual report to identify the key drivers of poverty reduction and ways in which the

3. TheCityUK National Conference 2018
22/11/2018 - Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
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Found: role of the city in the 21st century economy And cities are central to this ambition. For millennia the

4. Transport laws to be reviewed to improve everyday journeys
19/03/2019 - Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV)
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Found: transport modes £90 million to be invested in towns and cities to test transport innovation, making journeys greener

5. Core Cities - written evidence
18/12/2017 - Inquiry: Brexit and Local Government - Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee
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Found: Written evidence - Core Cities  Written evidence submitted by Core Cities [BRX 039] 1          Introduction 1

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to Key Cities

1. Smart Cities
24/06/2019 - Commons Chamber

1: visit that there is so much more to 5G and to smart cities than just higher speeds. It is actually about transformative - Speech Link
2: congratulate the hon. Lady on securing this debate. Smart cities is a wonderful programme, with Belfast leading - Speech Link
3: think of it. This would mean less congestion in our cities, because we will not all have to have cars and - Speech Link
4: that. It is why, although this debate is on “Smart Cities”, I have placed such an emphasis on all areas of - Speech Link
5: Everywhere the delegation went, people spoke about smart cities, but the technology has to be rolled out elsewhere - Speech Link
6: opportunity to set out the Government’s position on smart cities. First, though, I thank the hon. Lady and her colleagues - Speech Link

2. Pothole and Highway Repairs
03/11/2020 - Westminster Hall

1: much more likely to be competing with comparable cities in the midlands such as our great friend and rival - Speech Link
2: sure that he agrees with me that the resurfacing of key sections of the Stoke-on-Trent road network, not - Speech Link
3: her more about the importance of the transforming cities fund to unlocking some of the potential for our - Speech Link
4: been an exasperating problem for the city for two key reasons pertinent to this debate: first, because - Speech Link

3. Cycling: Gilligan Report
04/09/2018 - Commons Chamber

1: increased funding for cycling in Oxfordshire is key to truly integrating cycling into all local transport - Speech Link
2: Cambridge could show what will work in other towns and cities of the same size across the country? We should - Speech Link
3: fear it'll get pinched.”Connectivity is the key. As the report points out,“Provision at dispersed - Speech Link
4: the opportunity to discuss cycling in our great cities, even though the debate was triggered by a curiously - Speech Link

4. National Bus Strategy
16/12/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: road-space reallocation is going to be one of the key features as we try to decarbonise our transport landscape - Speech Link
2: million-worth of funding from the transforming cities fund. I remind the noble Lord that it was opened - Speech Link
3: access to other forms of public transport but, in cities, overreliance on buses and underinvestment in other - Speech Link
4: amount of funding, first through the transforming cities fund and, secondly, through the £4.2 billion of - Speech Link
5: encourage more people on to buses and that will be a key part of the national bus strategy, which will be - Speech Link

5. Transport for Towns
19/02/2019 - Westminster Hall

1: projects costing many billions of pounds—to major cities such as Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester in the - Speech Link
2: areas of the country that cannot compete with our cities—certainly not London and the south-east—do not - Speech Link
3: the investment and infrastructure is going into cities, while towns are getting an unfair deal. Does my - Speech Link
4: some of the massive job opportunities that our cities offer when it does not make sense for them to do - Speech Link
5: parliamentary group, I recognise the importance of our cities to the regions and smaller communities of the north - Speech Link
6: whereby we can deliver for both our towns and our cities. When announcements are made about the mega transport - Speech Link

6. Rail Connectivity
19/01/2018 - Commons Chamber

1: economy, create employment and link our towns and cities, the Government delivered a threadbare Budget that - Speech Link
2: area; it is about connections to all our towns and cities, particularly in the north.It is outrageous - Speech Link
3: absolutely right. We are naming transport as one of the key indicators for social mobility. There are obviously - Speech Link

7. Railway Connectivity: East to West Midlands
19/06/2019 - Westminster Hall

1: public transport of the midlands’ biggest towns and cities, and the extra capacity would add £650 million - Speech Link
2: to tackle congestion and poor air quality in our cities, and improve safety? We know it is far safer to - Speech Link
3: significantly more reliable and comfortable. The key point about capacity is that passengers will benefit - Speech Link
4: made by road. That is not desirable. One of the key points made about the midlands rail hub was that - Speech Link

8. Public Transport: North Staffordshire
23/01/2020 - Westminster Hall

1: under the city council’s bid for a transforming cities fund investment.Securing the full investment - Speech Link
2: city council’s otherwise excellent transforming cities fund bid, which currently indicates minor improvements - Speech Link

9. Local Clean Air Targets
20/10/2020 - Westminster Hall

1: who live in the most polluted areas, such as the cities represented here today. I want to focus mainly - Speech Link
2: half years ago, eight cities were mandated to solve a problem. One of those cities was Leeds—my city—and - Speech Link
3: we must secure investment from the transforming cities fund. Bus use in Stoke-on-Trent has fallen by one - Speech Link
4: transport highway as part of the city’s transforming cities fund application. The reason it has cast doubt - Speech Link
5: end the use of diesel vehicles that pollute our cities and our environment to an excessive degree.However - Speech Link

10. Climate Ambition Summit 2020
15/12/2020 - Written Statements

1: commitments from business, cities and investors. Over 2,500 businesses, cities, regions, investors and members - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Key Cities
1. No title given
asked by: Lord Wigley
... UK consulates are located.

2. Culture: Urban Areas
asked by: Lord Bird
... in increasing the ability of cities to use culture to drive inclusive growth.

3. Motor Vehicles: Urban Areas
asked by: Lord Greaves
... during the remainder of 2020.

4. Air Pollution
asked by: Lord Taylor of Warwick
... whether there is a "south–north" divide in air quality in the UK.

5. Regional Planning and Development: Kingston upon Hull
asked by: Diana Johnson
... Cities Outlook report.

Latest Questions
6 Current APPG Officers
John Stevenson Portrait
John Stevenson
Chair & Registered Contact
Conservative - Carlisle
Joined: 7th August 2020
Jane Stevenson Portrait
Jane Stevenson
Vice Chair
Conservative - Wolverhampton North East
Joined: 7th August 2020
1 APPG Membership
Complex Needs
Stephen Morgan Portrait
Stephen Morgan
Vice Chair
Labour - Portsmouth South
Joined: 6th June 2018
Contact Details

Registered Contact:

John Stevenson MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 020 7219 3000.


Public Enquiry Point:

Nicholas Bevan, Weber Shandwick, 2 Jordan Street, Manchester M15 4PY. Tel: 0161 238 9408



Weber Shandwick acts as the group's secretariat.

Group's Website:

Benefits in Kind
14 Jul 2020
Weber Shandwick
Weber Shandwick is paid by Key Cities to act as the group's secretariat   From : 14/07/2020 To : 13/07/2021
23 Apr 2017
Weber Shandwick
Secretariat   From : 23/04/2018 To : 22/04/2019
8 Feb 2017
Sunderland City Council
Secretariat   From : 08/02/2017 To : 07/02/2018

No direct financial benefits are on record for the Key Cities APPG

Former APPG Officers
Emma Reynolds Portrait
Emma Reynolds
Labour - Former Member for Wolverhampton North East
Joined: 29th March 2017
Departed: 31st July 2019
No other APPG Memberships
Andrea Jenkyns Portrait
Andrea Jenkyns
Vice Chair
Conservative - Morley and Outwood
Joined: 6th June 2018
Departed: 31st July 2019
4 APPG Memberships
Italy , Loan Charge , Music , Social Mobility
Conor Burns Portrait
Conor Burns
Chair & Registered Contact
Conservative - Bournemouth West
Joined: 29th March 2017
Departed: 19th June 2019
1 APPG Membership
Education Technology
Baroness Eaton Portrait
Baroness Eaton
Conservative - Life peer
Joined: 29th March 2017
Departed: 2nd May 2017
Lord Foster of Bishop Auckland Portrait
Lord Foster of Bishop Auckland
Labour - Deceased - 5 January 2019
Joined: 29th March 2017
Departed: 2nd May 2017
No other APPG Memberships