Letter - MPs must make APGs more accountable

It is unfortunate so many MPs fail to see that the way All- Party Groups (APGs) are run is damaging to parliament and the political process ('Poll shows MPs at ease with influence of APGs,' 4 August).

MPs recognise that APGs can influence legislation, but they fail to see that this influence requires APGs to be more accountable.

The APG system is clearly of value to parliamentarians and wider society, but their good work is in danger of being undermined by the suggestion that APGs are unduly influenced by their sponsors.

Serious attention must be paid to the remit of APGs, and to providing them with dedicated support. Parliament has been too prone to ignoring the impact that poor practice has upon public confidence in the political process.

Francis Ingham, head of public affairs, CIPR.

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