What we do

Westminster Hall Debate: Levelling Up in the East of England

27 January 2022

A Backbench Westminster Hall Debate was secured by APPG CoChair Peter Aldous MP on the 18th January 2022. Fourteen backbenchers made contributions making the case for levelling up in the East of England – see Hansard here. At the conclusion of the highly successful debate, Neil O’Brien MP, Minister for Levelling Up gave the following reassurance

“the east of England will absolutely not be overlooked by the levelling-up agenda”

Achieving Sustainable and Inclusive Growth: The East of England Offer

4 November 2021

Following its launch in Parliament on the 19th of October 2021, the East of England APPG joint report with the East of England LGA is now available to view.

It sets out four priorities for the Government including:

  1. Delivering a ‘climate positive’ region
  2. Sustainable and inclusive growth
  3. Improved connectivity and decarbonisation
  4. Financial resilient councils

View the full report here.

Read coverage of the event in the BBC here, the Eastern Daily Press here, the Beccles and Bungay Journal here and the Lowestoft Journal here.

Read the pre-event Press Release here and Post-event Press Release here

Co-Chairs of the APPG write to Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Energy Minister

20 November 2020

Following the recent meeting of the East of England APPG on Infrastructure for a Net Zero region, the Co-Chairs of the APPG have written to Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng MP.

The meeting heard how the East of England is already at the epicentre of developments in decarbonising the energy sector and a frontrunner in contributing to meet the UK’s net zero carbon target through its potential for innovation in clean growth technology and solutions for renewables, including offshore wind, hydrogen fuels and nuclear power generation. It went on to consider what needs to be done nationally but also regionally to deliver this agenda.

The letter relayed the key points made during the meeting and asked six pertinent questions:

  1. How can we ensure carbon is factored into the design and approval of all Government funded projects?
  2. How can the Government further support hydrogen as a future energy source in the East of England and when can we expect to see the promised hydrogen strategy?
  3. When will a plan be available to deliver the Prime Minister’s commitment to 40GW of offshore wind by 2030; and will this include a vision on how this will be adequately funded?
  4. What are your observations regarding the need for intervention to ensure that grid development is coordinated with streamlined planning that better incorporates the North Sea and future offshore and onshore developments?
  5. Is there a date set for the publication of the Energy White Paper?
  6. Are there any plans for a Just Transition Commission or Advisory Board to look at the social implication of moving to a net zero economy as there is in Scotland?

The Secretariat will update stakeholders of the APPG when a response is received.

To read the full letter, click here.

The East of England’s Potential Response to ‘The Great Recovery’

7 May 2020

Following a virtual meeting of the APPG in June 2020, the APPG sent a letter to Rt Hon Steve Barclay MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

Twelve “consensus” points were made at the meeting attended by MPs and business, public and third sector leaders – 68 in total.


  • To see the letter in full – please click here.
  • You can also read the response the APPG received from Rt Hon Steve Barclay MP – please click here.


  • On 13.07.20 – the co-Chairs of the APPG wrote a further response to Rt Hon Alok Sharma, Secretary of State, BEIS and Rt Hon Steve Barclay, Chief Secretary to the Treasury – please click here.


If you would like to watch back this ‘virtual’ meeting, please click the photo below. The APPG was joined by guest speakers:

  • Seena Shah – Chair of East of England, FSB
  • Jane Galvin – former East of England CBI Chair and Head of UK Corporate Banking for HSBC
  • Cllr Linda Haysey – Chair-elect of the East of England LGA.



Next meeting of the East of England APPG

International Gateway: the East of England’s Key Role in Global Britain

WEDNESDAY 25th TH MAY 12:30 TO 14:00

To register to attend on-line click here


Previous Meetings of the East of England APPG

AGM including agreed income and expenditure form

How the Regions’ Integrated Care Systems will Help Reduce Health Disparities

10 am to 11.30, Wednesday  30th  March

Minutes here plus slides presented by SNEE ICS and background paper prepared by CPPE

Levelling Up in the East of England Wednesday 9th February 2022 

With Minister for Levelling Up, Neil O’Brien MP – Click  HERE to watch NB use passcode: .fz+N3A+

See letter sent after the meeting here and the reply from the Minister here

The final meeting of 2021

1st December 2021- Read the review of 2021 and 2022 plan here

Parliamentary reception: joint-report launch with ELGA

Tuesday 19th October, 12:30-14:00

Levelling Up Inquiry Evidence Session 2: The Agriculture Agenda in the East of England’

Wednesday 8th September 16:00 – 17:30


Launch of the Levelling-Up Inquiry Evidence Session 1: East of England’s Coastal Communities – Regeneration, Tourism and Trade

Wednesday 7th July 10:00 – 11:30

Minutes | Re-watch the session


READ OUR SUMMARY – The Green Recovery in the Eastern Engine of Prosperity Inquiry – June 2021


Inquiry into the Green Recovery in the Eastern Engine of Prosperity Evidence Session 3: The East of England’s road to COP26

Wednesday 26th May 10:00 – 11:30

Minutes | Re-watch the session


Inquiry into the Green Recovery in the Eastern Engine of Prosperity Evidence Session 2: Transport and Digital Infrastructure

Wednesday 24th March 10:00 – 11:30

Minutes to be uploaded | Re-watch the session 


Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) also took place on 24.03.21 – please view the APPG’s expenditure reports for 2020/2021 here.


Launch of Inquiry into the Green Recovery in the Eastern Engine of Prosperity Evidence Session 1: Challenges and Opportunities for Building Back Business

Wednesday 10th February 10:00 – 11:30

Minutes | Re-watch the session 


After the Spending Review: Discussion and Agreement of 2021 Programme of APPG Meetings

Wednesday 9th December 10:00 – 11:30

MinutesLetter to Matt Warman MP | Response from Matt Warman MP


Infrastructure for a Net Zero East of England and the Region’s Response and Recovery from COVID-19 with the East of England LGA

Wednesday 4th November

Zoom Meeting | Draft Minutes | Letter to Kwasi Kwarteng MP


Transport & Digital Infrastructure

15th September 2020

Zoom Meeting | Draft Minutes | Letter to Rt Hon Steve Barclay MP | Letter from Transport Secretary Grant Shapps MP


COVID-19: Health care services – innovation, integration and improvement

Thursday 16th July 2020

Zoom Meeting | Draft Minutes |Letter to Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP | Response from Edward Argar MP


East of England’s Potential Contribution to the Recovery

Thursday 7th May 2020

Minutes | Watch this meeting


Reconstitution meeting

Tuesday 4th February 2020

Committee Room 14

Minutes | Budget Submission – the East of England: An Engine for Growth


The East of England APPG is kindly supported by British Sugar, London Stansted Airport, the East of England LGA, AstraZeneca and Haven Gateway Partnership.

If you are interested in supporting the East of England APPG then please get in contact via [email protected]