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Abridged speech by APPG Chair Jack Lopresti MP to KRG Newroz Reception at the Commons on 20 March 2024

Spring and the new year bring hope for better times ahead after the dark month of winter. There have been about 32 of these during the existence of the modern Kurdistan Region. It is great to see how it has … Continue reading

Minutes of the AGM of the APPG held on 19 March 2024. Attendance. Jack Lopresti MP, Wayne David MP, Mary Glindon MP, Andy Slaughter MP, Lord Austin. Observers Gary Kent, Nick Watts, Andrew Methven. Jack Lopresti was elected as Chair. … Continue reading

Concern expressed over removal of quota seats for ethnic and religious minorities in the Kurdistan Region Parliament

Wayne David Labour To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the Iraqi Federal Supreme Court ruling of February 2024 on the removal of 11 … Continue reading


APPG FOR KURDISTAN REGION IN IRAQ. 14:00, Room T108, HoC on Tuesday 19 March. Open to parliamentarians.

APPG Chair Jack Lopresti MP’s introduction in full to the Commons debate on the bilateral relationship between the UK and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Extract Reform requires peace and stability, which Kurdistan lacks. I must end with a blunt warning about its current perilous plight. Kurdistan is completely defenceless, with no means of detecting or deterring missile and drone attacks or even of evacuating … Continue reading

Mary Glindon MP: My call for solidarity with our allies in Iraqi Kurdistan

Iraqi Kurdistan has been one of the brightest spots in the Middle East for many years. The autonomous region was essentially created by justified British military action in 1991. Sir John Major pioneered a no-fly zone that protected the Kurds … Continue reading

APPG Vice-Chair Mary Glindon slams “vile and illegal” Iranian attack on Erbil in the Commons

Mary Glindon Hon. Members who visited Iraqi Kurdistan with the all-party parliamentary group on the Kurdistan region in Iraq know that it is a firm ally against extremism, and they will be disgusted that the Iranian regime has targeted the … Continue reading

We cannot abandon our ally in their moment of urgent need. Jack Lopresti MP, Chair APPG

Iran has killed four people and injured more in missile strikes against our ally, the Kurdistan Region in Iraq. Iran ludicrously asserts that the home of a prominent businessman was a Zionist spy centre but this is just an excuse … Continue reading

Useful Parliamentary Questions from Wayne David MP, Shadow Minister for the Middle East and North Africa, on Kurdish rights in Iraq

Question: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with the (a) Federal Government of Iraq and (b) Kurdistan Regional Government on the implementation in (i) Kirkuk and (ii) … Continue reading

Questions on Kirkuk

Jack Lopresti MP, the Chair of the APPG on the Kurdistan Region in Iraq, tabled these written questions on events in Kirkuk. It’s pleasing to see that the UK government says it supports all efforts to ensure a secure, stable, … Continue reading