Officers

Officers
Role Name Party
Chair Sheryll Murray MP Conservative
Vice Chair Andrew Gwynne MP Labour
Vice Chair Lord Goddard of Stockport Liberal Democrat
Vice Chair Lord Black of Brentwood Conservative

Chair – Sheryll Murray

Sheryll has been the Member of Parliament for South East Cornwall since 2010. As well as being chair of APGOCATs, Sheryll is a member of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee and sits on the Panel of Chairs which is made up of those MPs chosen by the Speaker at the start of each Parliament to chair Public Bill committees and other general committees in the House of Commons.  Sheryll also attends the Council of Europe in Strasbourg as part of the UK delegation.  Sheryll lives in Cornwall with her cats Milly and Louie and her husband Bob.

Vice Chair – Andrew Gwynne MP

Andrew has been the Member of Parliament for Denton and Reddish since 2005. He is the proud owner of four cats (Minnie, Tammy, Jude and Sox) so knows first-hand how cats and other pets bring joy and companionship to families.

Vice Chair – Lord Goddard of Stockport

Lord Goddard was born in Stockport. He was first elected to Stockport Council in 1990, a position he held for twenty-two consecutive years. He was also a Vice-Chair of Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Vice Chair of the AGMA Executive Board. A Board Member of the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership [LEP] a Board Member of Manchester International Airport, a Board Member of MIDAS.

As a member of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue committee for over 10 years, he was the Liberal Democrat spokesperson regionally and nationally on fire matters until 2007. For the last two years I was a member of the Greater Manchester Police Authority and was Vice Chair of Finance.

On 8th August 2014 Lord Goddard was awarded a Life Peerage from the Queen. He is a member of the Secondary Legislation Committee and a member of several All Party Parliamentary groups, including APGOCATS.

Vice Chair – Lord Black of Brentwood

Lord Black of Brentwood (Guy Black) is Deputy Chairman of the Telegraph Media Group and has been a member of the House of Lords since 2010. He has spoken widely on animal welfare issues, and led the first ever debate in the Lords on the welfare of cats and dogs in 2013.

He is a Patron of International Cat Care, and Patron of Cats Protection’s “Black Cat Society.” When not working on animal welfare issues, he is also Chairman of the Royal College of Music, and of the Commonwealth Press Union Media Trust.

He and his husband Mark have owned cats for over twenty years. Their first two – Alexandra and Victoria (pictured) were Russian blues, both sadly now passed on. The most recent addition to their family is Destino, a fluffy, lively, ginger rescue cat.

Members

Members
Name Name Name
Bill Esterson MP Baroness Gale Mark Spencer MP
Liz Twist MP Sir Roger Gale MP Sarah Champion MP
Rehman Chishti MP Luke Hall MP Layla Moran MP
Jamie Stone MP Ian Liddell-Grainger MP Mark Tami MP
Martyn Day MP Caroline Lucas MP Henry Smith MP
Stephen Doughty MP Andrew Rosindell MP Patricia Gibson MP
James Duddridge MP Tommy Sheppard MP
Rosie Duffield MP Sir Greg Knight MP

News

APGOCATS to hold AGM on 19 March 2024

APGOCATS to hold AGM on 19 March 2024

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Cats will be holding its AGM on 19 March at 12.00. There will also be a policy discussion which will cover key areas including; compulsory microchipping of pet cats and pet theft. Please contact the secretariat...

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APGOCATS to hold AGM on 7th June

APGOCATS to hold AGM on 7th June

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Cats will be holding its AGM on the 7th June 2023 at 10am. There will also be a policy discussion where we will cover key areas including; the Kept Animal’s Bill and the introduction of compulsory microchipping for pet cats in...

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