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The 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

About the Group

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.

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Co Chair: Liz Twist MP

Liz Twist has been the Labour Member of Parliament for Blaydon since June 2017 and is a Senior Whip. She has a strong union background and is passionate about well-run public services, healthcare, water quality and opportunities for local people. Her other interests and campaign areas include housing, rare diseases, wildlife and climate change. Liz Chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Phenylketonuria (PKU), Rare Diseases, Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention, and is Vice-Chair of the Net-Zero Group.


Co Chair: Baroness McIntosh of Pickering

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.

Information on all the group’s officers can be found here.

Upcoming event

The plan to tackle dry spills

Date: Tuesday 21 November

Time: 09:30 – 10:30

Venue:  In person and via Zoom  

The APPG for Water is delighted to announce our next session: replicating bathing water quality improvements to inland waters. 


This session will be chaired by Liz Twist MP, Co-Chair of APPWG and will hear from a range of speakers across the sector and examine what worked in the clean-up of coastal rivers – how regulation enabled investment to drive improvements; and how to replicate this for rivers.  


This session will examine:    

  • Is it time for a National Plan for Rivers? What are the benefits of a new collaborative approach? How can it be implemented?  

  • How can the progress made improving coastal bathing waters by water companies since the 1990s be replicated for inland waters?  

  • What are the barriers to doing this? 

  • What is the role of other sectors? How can they reduce their environmental impact on inland waters too? 

If you have any questions, please contact the Group’s secretariat at

Please RSVP and submit your questions for the panel here. 

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Group Sponsors

The Group is supported by a range of organisations across the water sector who help fund the running of the Group via its secretariat, Connect. 

Connect provide the Secretariat to the Group on behalf of the Group sponsors. For information on Connect’s clients, please visit the PRCA Register.

If you have any questions or would like to find out more about the APPG, please contact us on 0207 592 9592 or email

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