Kurdistan Region in Iraq APPG

First Registered: 30/07/2015 • Last updated on: 27/01/2021

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To promote friendship and understanding between the peoples and representatives of the Kurdistan Region in Iraq and the UK.

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 Kurdistan Region in Iraq

1. Bilateral relations with the Kurdistan region in Iraq
01/03/2019 - Parliamentary Research

Found: March 2019 Bilateral relations with the Kurdistan region in Iraq Compiled by: Tim Robinson Nigel Walker

2. The 2018 Iraqi federal elections: a population in transition?
13/07/2020 - Department for International Development
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Found: central hub for the wide range of research on the region carried out at LSE. The Middle East Centre aims

3. Kurdistan region in Iraq
30/06/2017 - Parliamentary Research

Found: PACK Number CDP 0129 | 30 June 2017 Kurdistan region in Iraq Compiled by: Nigel Walker Subject specialist:

4. Religious freedoms in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq
22/02/2021 - Early Day Motions

Found: in March by His Holiness The Pope to Iraq and the Kurdistan Region where he will lead Holy Mass at the

5. New projects announced to protect cultural heritage overseas
24/08/2018 - British Council
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Found: project will preserve archaeological heritage in a region suppressed by Saddam Hussein’s forces A project

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to Kurdistan Region in Iraq

1. Kurdistan Region in Iraq
06/03/2019 - Westminster Hall

1: considered bilateral relations with the Kurdistan region in Iraq.It is a pleasure to serve under - Speech Link
2: been for the Kurds, Daesh would have been all over Iraq, does he agree that the reaction of the Iraqi Government - Speech Link
3: ask the Minister to encourage the UN mission in Iraq to make that a much bigger priority.The Iraqi - Speech Link

2. Foreign and Commonwealth Office
12/03/2019 - Ministerial Corrections

1: pounds-worth of humanitarian support to Iraq, including to the Kurdistan region. That money has provided vital - Speech Link
2: pounds-worth of humanitarian support to Iraq, including to the Kurdistan region. That money has provided vital - Speech Link

3. Kurdistan Region in Iraq
04/07/2017 - Westminster Hall

1: That this House has considered the Kurdistan region in Iraq.Mr Davies, it is indeed a pleasure - Speech Link

4. Foreign Affairs Committee
22/02/2018 - Commons Chamber

1: period of governing Iraq, and later with the air policing role that we conducted over Iraq in the ’90s, demonstrates - Speech Link

5. Iraq: Religious and Ethnic Minorities
11/01/2018 - Lords Chamber

1: other vulnerable religious and ethnic communities in Iraq confidence that they have a future in their own - Speech Link

6. Oral Answers to Questions
26/06/2018 - Commons Chamber

1: engagements, we are urging the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan regional government to resolve differences - Speech Link
2: recently visited Sulaimani University and Kurdistan University. Their students love Britain and want to - Speech Link

7. Counter-Daesh Update
03/07/2019 - Commons Chamber

1: against Daesh, which recently controlled a third of Iraq and Syria—an area the size of the UK—but which has - Speech Link

8. Counter-Daesh Update
22/07/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: by Daesh terrorists in remote areas of northern Iraq to weapons caches, bunkers and training camps, and - Speech Link

9. Counter-Daesh Update
07/11/2017 - Commons Chamber

1: updating the House on the campaign against Daesh in Iraq and Syria, but I should like to begin by informing - Speech Link

10. Counter-Daesh Update
11/02/2019 - Commons Chamber

1: discovered more than 200 mass graves in areas of Iraq once held by the terrorists, containing between - Speech Link
2: had—“established over significant parts of Iraq and Syria”.—[Official Report, 2 December 2015; Vol - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Kurdistan Region in Iraq
1. Iraq: Internally Displaced People
asked by: Jack Lopresti
09/10/2018
... what assistance the UK is providing to livelihood creation for (a) internally displaced persons in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and (b) Internally Displaced Persons returning from the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to the Nineveh Plains.

2. Kurds: Coronavirus
asked by: Jack Lopresti
15/07/2020
...What steps her Department is taking to promote measures to limit the spread of covid-19 in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

3. Kurds: Foreign Relations
asked by: Robert Halfon
25/01/2021
... what the policy priorities are of the UK Consulate-General for the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and northern Iraq.

4. Visas: Iraq
asked by: Mary Glindon
09/09/2019
... what plans she has to improve the visa application system in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

5. Kurds: Diplomatic Service
asked by: Robert Halfon
25/01/2021
... how many (a) Departmental staff and (b) local staff are employed in the UK Consulate-General for the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and northern Iraq.

Latest Questions
16 Current APPG Officers
Robert Halfon Portrait
Robert Halfon
Chair & Registered Contact
Conservative - Harlow
Joined: 28th September 2017
Steve Reed Portrait
Steve Reed
Co-Chair
Labour (Co-op) - Croydon North
Joined: 29th August 2018
Philip Hollobone Portrait
Philip Hollobone
Vice Chair
Conservative - Kettering
Joined: 24th February 2020
Toby Perkins Portrait
Toby Perkins
Vice Chair
Labour - Chesterfield
Joined: 11th September 2019
2 APPG Memberships
Beer , Tennis
Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale Portrait
Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale
Vice Chair
Labour - Life peer
Joined: 29th August 2018
2 APPG Memberships
Finland , Israel
Lord McNicol of West Kilbride Portrait
Lord McNicol of West Kilbride
Vice Chair
Labour - Life peer
Joined: 24th February 2020
Sarah Jones Portrait
Sarah Jones
Vice Chair
Labour - Croydon Central
Joined: 24th February 2020
Contact Details

Registered Contact:

Robert Halfon MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 020 7219 7223.

Public Enquiry Point:

Gary Kent, c/o Mary Glindon MP, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA

Email: gary.kent@parliament.uk

Group's Website:

http://www.appgkurdistan.org.uk/

Benefits in Kind
Date
14 Jan 2021
Source
Gary Kent
Description
Gary Kent is paid by Kar Group to act as the APPG's secretariat   From : 14/01/2021 To : 13/01/2022
Value
£57,001
Date
14 Jan 2020
Source
Gary Kent
Description
Gary Kent is paid by Kar Group to act as the APPG's secretariat   From : 14/01/2020 To : 13/01/2021
Value
£57,001
Date
26 Jun 2019
Source
Gary Kent
Description
Gary Kent is paid by Kar Group to act as the APPG's secretariat   From : 26/06/2019 To : 25/06/2020
Value
£57,001
Date
20 Jun 2019
Source
Sardar Group of Companies
Description
Visit to Erbil and Slemani   From : 20/06/2019 To : 23/06/2019   Cost Met : Travel
Value
£10,501
Date
20 Jun 2019
Source
Erbil Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Description
Visit to Erbil and Slemani   From : 20/06/2019 To : 23/06/2019   Cost Met : Hotels
Value
£1,501
Date
12 Mar 2019
Source
Gary Kent
Description
Gary Kent is paid by Kar Group to act as the APPG's secretariat   From : 01/01/2019 To : 31/12/2019
Value
£57,001
Date
18 Jun 2018
Source
Gary Kent
Description
Gary Kent is paid by Kar Group to act as the APPG's secretariat   From : 01/01/2018 To : 31/12/2018
Value
£57,001
Date
24 May 2018
Source
UB Holdings, Iraq
Description
Visit to Erbil, Slemani and Baghdad   From : 24/05/2018 To : 30/05/2018
Value
£16,501
Date
22 Sep 2017
Source
Nokan Group
Description
Visit to the Kurdistan Region in Iraq   From : 22/09/2017 To : 28/09/2017
Value
£33,001
Date
26 Jun 2017
Source
Gary Kent
Description
Gary Kent is paid by Global Services (Iraq) to act as the APPG's secretariat   From : 26/06/2017 To : 25/06/2018
Value
£28,501
Date
3 Nov 2016
Source
Kar Group
Description
Visit to Kurdistan Region of Iraq   From : 03/11/2016 To : 10/11/2016   Cost Met : Flights and accommodation
Value
£21,001
Date
3 Nov 2016
Source
Kurdistan Regional Government
Description
Visit to Kurdistan Region of Iraq   From : 03/11/2016 To : 10/11/2016   Cost Met : Internal transport and security
Value
£1,501
Date
1 Nov 2016
Source
Gary Kent
Description
Gary Kent is paid by Global Services (Iraq) to act as the APPG's secretariat   From : 01/11/2016 To : 30/04/2017
Value
£28,501
Date
11 Dec 2015
Source
Petoil Chia Surkh Ltd
Description
Secretariat   From : 01/11/2015 To : 31/10/2016
Value
£57,001
Date
11 Nov 2015
Source
Qaiwan Group
Description
Visit to Kurdistan Region of Iraq   From : 11/11/2015 To : 16/11/2015   Cost Met : Flights and accommodation.
Value
£18,001
Date
11 Nov 2015
Source
Kurdistan Regional Government
Description
Visit to Kurdistan Region of Iraq   From : 11/11/2015 To : 16/11/2015   Cost Met : Internal transport and accommodation.
Value
£9,001
Date
1 Jan 2015
Source
Gary Kent
Description
Gary Kent was paid by Gulf Keystone Petroleum International to act as the APPG's secretariat   From : 01/01/2015 To : 31/03/2015
Value
£13,501

No direct financial benefits are on record for the Kurdistan Region in Iraq APPG

Former APPG Officers
Michael Tomlinson Portrait
Michael Tomlinson
Vice Chair
Conservative - Mid Dorset and North Poole
Joined: 29th August 2018
Departed: 24th February 2020
1 APPG Membership
Cricket
Baroness Hodgson of Abinger Portrait
Baroness Hodgson of Abinger
Co-Chair
Conservative - Life peer
Joined: 30th July 2015
Departed: 5th November 2019
Graham P Jones Portrait
Graham P Jones
Officer
Labour - Former Member for Hyndburn
Joined: 29th August 2018
Departed: 5th November 2019
No other APPG Memberships
Mike Gapes Portrait
Mike Gapes
Officer
The Independent Group for Change - Former Member for Ilford South
Joined: 30th July 2015
Departed: 5th November 2019
No other APPG Memberships
Steve Reed Portrait
Steve Reed
Officer
Labour (Co-op) - Croydon North
Joined: 29th August 2018
Departed: 5th November 2019
Tom Brake Portrait
Tom Brake
Officer
Liberal Democrat - Former Member for Carshalton and Wallington
Joined: 29th August 2018
Departed: 5th November 2019
No other APPG Memberships
Lord Glasman Portrait
Lord Glasman
Officer
Labour - Life peer
Joined: 30th July 2015
Departed: 5th November 2019
No other APPG Memberships
Toby Perkins Portrait
Toby Perkins
Officer
Labour - Chesterfield
Joined: 11th September 2019
Departed: 5th November 2019
2 APPG Memberships
Beer , Tennis
Lord Austin of Dudley Portrait
Lord Austin of Dudley
Officer
Non-affiliated - Life peer
Joined: 21st July 2016
Departed: 5th November 2019
No other APPG Memberships
Andrea Jenkyns Portrait
Andrea Jenkyns
Officer
Conservative - Morley and Outwood
Joined: 28th September 2017
Departed: 31st July 2019
4 APPG Memberships
Italy , Loan Charge , Music , Social Mobility
Jeffrey M Donaldson Portrait
Jeffrey M Donaldson
Officer
Democratic Unionist Party - Lagan Valley
Joined: 28th September 2017
Departed: 31st July 2019
Dan Carden Portrait
Dan Carden
Officer
Labour - Liverpool, Walton
Joined: 28th September 2017
Departed: 31st July 2019
Mark Hendrick Portrait
Mark Hendrick
Vice Chair
Labour (Co-op) - Preston
Joined: 28th September 2017
Departed: 18th July 2018
Lord Mann Portrait
Lord Mann
Vice Chair
Non-affiliated - Life peer
Joined: 28th September 2017
Departed: 18th July 2018
Seema Malhotra Portrait
Seema Malhotra
Vice Chair
Labour (Co-op) - Feltham and Heston
Joined: 28th September 2017
Departed: 18th July 2018
Lord Walney Portrait
Lord Walney
Vice Chair
Non-affiliated - Life peer
Joined: 30th July 2015
Departed: 18th July 2018
No other APPG Memberships
Clive Lewis Portrait
Clive Lewis
Vice Chair
Labour - Norwich South
Joined: 28th September 2017
Departed: 18th July 2018
Jonathan Edwards Portrait
Jonathan Edwards
Vice Chair
Independent - Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Joined: 28th September 2017
Departed: 18th July 2018
Nadhim Zahawi Portrait
Nadhim Zahawi
Vice Chair
Conservative - Stratford-on-Avon
Joined: 30th July 2015
Departed: 20th December 2017
No other APPG Memberships
Mark Hendrick Portrait
Mark Hendrick
Vice Chair
Labour (Co-op) - Preston
Joined: 28th September 2017
Departed: 20th December 2017
Stephen Hepburn Portrait
Stephen Hepburn
Officer
Independent - Former Member for Jarrow
Joined: 21st July 2016
Departed: 2nd May 2017
No other APPG Memberships
David Anderson Portrait
David Anderson
Vice Chair
Labour - Former Member for Blaydon
Joined: 30th July 2015
Departed: 3rd June 2016
No other APPG Memberships
Fabian Hamilton Portrait
Fabian Hamilton
Vice Chair
Labour - Leeds North East
Joined: 30th July 2015
Departed: 3rd June 2016
Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers Portrait
Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers
Vice Chair
Crossbench - Life Peer (judicial)
Joined: 30th July 2015
Departed: 3rd June 2016
No other APPG Memberships
Lord Bew Portrait
Lord Bew
Vice Chair
Crossbench - Life peer
Joined: 30th July 2015
Departed: 3rd June 2016
1 APPG Membership
Archives and History
Lord Trimble Portrait
Lord Trimble
Vice Chair
Conservative - Life peer
Joined: 30th July 2015
Departed: 3rd June 2016
2 APPG Memberships
Opera , Taiwan