Category Archives: General

Jack Lopresti MP. We can help Kurdistan bridge the gap

This article by Jack Lopresti appears in the Times Red Box outlet today British parliamentarians have closely observed Kurdistan’s progress from a region suffering genocide and grave injustices to a fledgling nation seeking to determine its own destiny. This has … Continue reading

Minutes of annual general meeting

Minutes of annual general meeting of the APPG on the Kurdistan Region in Iraq. Tuesday 10 July 2018. CR8. Attendance: Jack Lopresti, Robert Halfon, Mary Glindon, Lord Clement-Jones, Graham Jones, Bob Blackman, Michael Tomlinson, Lady Hodgson, Dame Rosie Winterton, and … Continue reading

Christians in Kurdistan and Iraq

Reflections from Liam Allmark – head of public affairs at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. Liam Allmark was an observer on the last APPG delegation and these are his views Our Bishops do not align themselves with … Continue reading

Two steps forward, one step back in Kurdistan

The report of the latest APPG delegation to Kurdistan and Baghdad is here at appg kurdistan delegation report may 2018 website Introduction to the report of the APPG delegation to Kurdistan and Baghdad, with the participation of Jack Lopresti MP … Continue reading

Visas and self-determination for the Kurds raised in the Commons

Kurdistan figured prominently in this month’s oral questions in the Commons to the Foreign Secretary and his ministerial team. The salience of any one issue is largely a matter of luck given that the questions are chosen by lottery – … Continue reading


The AGM of the APPG takes place in CR8 on Tuesday 10 July at 6pm.

Kurdistan in Foreign Office questions

26 June 2018 Robert Halfon (Harlow) (Con) 3. What progress the Government are making on encouraging dialogue between the Kurdistan regional government and the Government of Iraq. Bridget Phillipson (Houghton and Sunderland South) (Lab) 8. What recent assessment his Department … Continue reading

Why UK should continue training the brave Peshmerga

Commons Questions 11 June 2018 Mary Glindon (North Tyneside) (Lab) During a recent visit to Iraq, a delegation from the all-party group on Kurdistan met British soldiers who have trained thousands of Peshmerga, helping the brave allies whose sacrifice and … Continue reading

Letter in the Times on debate about moving the Kurds to a new homeland

KURDISH HOMELAND Sir, Richard Long (letter, May 7) dismisses “pious” talk about supporting the Kurds but suggests an odd possible solution. The Kurds, including several million in Iran whom he omitted to mention, live in four states at varied levels … Continue reading

Jack Lopresti MP’s letter in the Times

Sir, Your leading article (“Stand by the Kurds”, May 2) rightly emphasises that democracies should not abandon allies such as the Kurds. They were not actually left in the lurch after their uprising against Saddam Hussein in 1991. British people … Continue reading