The Federation works closely to support the activities of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Cyprus. We are proud and grateful to have such powerful advocates for the cause of Cyprus and its diaspora in Parliament.

The APPG promotes positive relations between the UK and the Republic of Cyprus and their elected parliamentarians and people.

APPG Members

Chair: Sir Roger Gale MP
Conservative, North Thanet

Vice-Chair: Bambos Charalambous MP
Labour, Enfield Southgate

Vice-Chair: Christine Jardine MP
Liberal Democrat, Edinburgh West

Vice-Chair: Caroline Nokes MP
Conservative, Romsey & Southampton North

Secretary: Jack Dromey MP
Labour, Birmingham Erdington

Treasurer: Sheryll Murray MP
Conservative, South East Cornwall

Officer: Lord Adonis
Labour

Officer: Tonia Antoniazzi MP
Labour, Gower

Officer: Bob Blackman MP
Conservative, Harrow East

Officer: Dan Carden MP
Labour, Liverpool Walton

Officer: Sarah Champion MP
Labour, Rotherham

Officer: Feryal Clark MP
Labour, Enfield North

Officer: John Cryer MP
Labour, Leyton & Wansted

Officer: Judith Cummins MP
Labour, Bradford South

Officer: Geraint Davies MP
Labour, Swansea West

Officer: Tan Dhesi MP
Labour, Slough

Officer: Stephen Doughty MP
Labour, Cardiff South & Penarth

Officer: Lord Dykes
Crossbench

Officer: Nigel Evans MP
Conservative, Ribble Valley

Officer: Carolyn Harris MP
Labour, Swansea East

Officer: Mark Jenkinson MP
Conservative, Workington

Officer: Sarah Jones MP
Labour, Croydon Central

Officer: Daniel Kawczynski MP
Conservative, Shrewsbury & Atcham

Officer: Baroness Massey of Darwen
Labour

Officer: Mark Menzies MP
Conservative, Fylde

Officer: Robin Millar MP
Conservative, Aberconwy

Officer: Layla Moran MP
Liberal Democrat, Oxford West & Abingdon

Officer: Angus MacNeil MP
SNP, Na h-Eileanan an Iar

Officer: Matthew Offord MP
Conservative, Hendon

Officer: Kate Osamor MP
Labour, Edmonton

Officer: Ian Paisley MP
DUP, North Antrim

Officer: Lord Rennard
Liberal Democrat

Officer: Bob Stewart MP
Conservative, Beckenham

Officer: Karl Turner MP
Labour, Kingston upon Hull East

Officer: Theresa Villiers MP
Conservative, Chipping Barnet

Officer: Catherine West MP
Labour, Hornsey & Wood Green

Officer: Mike Wood MP
Conservative, Dudley South

APPG News

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab visits Cyprus

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab visited Cyprus today (4th Feb) for a series of meetings ahead of an informal 5+UN Conference on Cyprus in early March. Ahead of his meeting, the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK urged him to seize this opportunity and specifically asked him to: Reaffirm Britain’s longstanding commitment to a bi-zonal,…

UK Government carries over the EU sanctions framework on Turkey’s illegal East Med drilling

The UK Government has just formally carried over the EU sanctions framework on Turkey’s illegal drilling attempts in the Eastern Mediterranean. During the discussion on the issue in the House of Commons, James Cleverly MP, Minister of State (FCDO), and Stephen Doughty MP, Shadow Minister (FCDO), both underlined the importance of respecting the Republic of…

UK Government transposes EU sanctions on East Med

The British Government has transposed EU sanctions regarding the Eastern Mediterranean into UK Law. The Unauthorised Drilling Activities in the Eastern Mediterranean (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 put in place sanctions measures to discourage any hydrocarbon exploration, production or extraction activities which: have not been authorised by the Republic of Cyprus in its territorial sea, or…

British MPs condemn UDI on its 37th anniversary

MPs from the two main British parties have condemned the illegal Unilateral Declaration of Independence of the ‘Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’ on its 37th anniversary in video messages issued through the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK. Watch Sir Roger Gale MP’s message here Watch Fabian Hamilton MP’s message here Conservative MP and…

APPG for Cyprus briefing on latest developments in Cyprus

On Monday 9th November, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Cyprus were briefed on the latest developments in Cyprus by H.E. the High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus to the UK, Mr Andreas Kakouris. The briefing was organised by the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK, the Secretariat for the APPG. The High…

Wendy Morton responds to letters about Varosi from Federation & APPG for Cyprus

The representations of the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK about Varosi to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (“FCDO”) both directly and via the All Party Parliamentary Group for Cyprus, this week received a response from the European Neighbourhood Minister, Wendy Morton MP. The Federation’s letter was sent onto the FCDO for a…

Theresa Villiers MP raises Varosi issue to the UK Government

Theresa Villiers MP (Chipping Barnet) has asked the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office a question about Turkey’s illegal ‘opening’ of Varosi: “To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make representations to his Turkish counterpart on the decision to re-open beachfront areas in Famagusta in violation of UN…

Sir Roger Gale MP on the commemoration of Morphou’s occupation

A message from The Rt. Hon. SirRogerGale MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Cyprus, for the annual commemoration of the occupation, by Turkey, of the town and district of Morphou. Sir Roger was made an honorary citizen of Morphou by the town’s municipality for his decades of campaigning for the town’s freedom.…

Celebrating 60 years of the Republic of Cyprus

Today marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of Cyprus. To mark this occasion, we asked for messages from Cyprus and the UK. On this historic milestone for Cyprus, we are proud to share messages from H.E. the President of the Republic of Cyprus, the Presidential Commissioner for Diaspora Cypriots, the UK…

Varosi: APPG for Cyprus writes to Foreign Secretary about Varosha

The Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (“APPG”) for Cyprus, Sir Roger Gale MP (Conservative), has written to Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab MP, urging the UK Government to consider all actions and measures to ensure that Varosha is not re-opened in a way that contravenes UN resolutions following representations from the National Federation of…

Cyprus@60: Opportunities, Challenges, Prospects for Reunification

On Tuesday 14th July 2020, the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK and the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Cyprus held their annual parliamentary meeting on Cyprus, titled ‘Cyprus@60: Opportunities, Challenges, Prospects for Reunification’. The event, which is held every year to commemorate the tragic anniversary of Turkey’s illegal invasion of Cyprus on 20…

APPG for Cyprus meets in Parliament for its AGM and elections

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Cyprus held its first Annual General Meeting of the new Parliament on Tuesday 4 February 2020. The AGM was convened by the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK, which is the Secretariat for the APPG for Cyprus. Amongst the business of the meeting, elections were held and new…

Election messages to our community from UK Political Parties

  We know that members of our community will be weighing up a number of factors to decide how to vote in the General Election on Thursday 12 December. Therefore, the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK has asked UK political parties for their messages to our community. Here’s what they said: [Click here to…

Sir Roger Gale MP attends 2019 Morphou rally

The Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Cyprus, Sir Roger Gale MP, attended this year’s Morphou rally to show his solidarity and support for the refugees of Morphou and of all occupied towns and villages in Cyprus. The National Federation of Cypriots in the UK are grateful for his longstanding work to end Turkey’s…

Cyprus: Prospects for a Solution

On Tuesday 16th July, the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK and the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Cyprus held its annual Parliamentary Reception for Cyprus, titled ‘Cyprus – Prospects for a Solution’, marking the tragic 45th anniversary of the illegal Turkish invasion of July 1974 and the ongoing occupation. The Government Spokesperson of…

Statements from UK political parties, APPG for Cyprus and individual MPs condemning Turkey’s incursion into Cyprus’ EEZ

Fabian Hamilton MP (Shadow Minister for Peace and Disarmament), on behalf of the Labour Party: “The announced intentions of Turkey to carry out exploration and drilling in the Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) are wholly unacceptable. Sending in a drill ship to the EEZ of the Republic of Cyprus is an irresponsible act of aggression…

APPG for Cyprus lunch with Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou

Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou attended on Wednesday a working lunch with the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Cyprus, hosted by the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster. Photiou discussed the latest developments of the Cyprus issue and briefed the MPs on President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades’ meetings…

UK Government & Political Parties on the Cyprus Issue

With the upcoming visit of Jane Holle Lute (the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy on Cyprus) to the UK, we asked the Government, Opposition & APPG for Cyprus for their views on the Cyprus issue. Here is what they said: Her Majesty’s Government – Conservative Party Sir Alan Duncan MP, Minister of State for…

Obituary: Tom Cox – Former MP, Friend of Cyprus

Tom Cox 1930-2018 The National Federation of Cypriots in the UK would like to express its deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Tom Cox – a former Member of Parliament and outstanding friend of Cyprus. Tom Cox was born on 24 January 1930 and graduated from the London School of Economics before…

44 years since Turkey invaded Cyprus & messages of support from MPs

On this day (20 July) in 1974, Turkey launched the first wave of its full-scale invasion on Cyprus and its military continues to occupy 37% of the Republic of Cyprus. Turkey’s long-planned and premeditated invasion came just a few days after a coup d’état by the military junta in Greece on 15 July 1974. For 44 years…

Cypriot Government Spokesperson meets Parliamentarians to discuss Cyprus issue and Brexit

During Mr Prodromou’s visit, he met Khalid Mahmood MP (Shadow Minister for Europe) and Fabian Hamilton MP (Shadow Minister for Peace and Disarmament). They discussed the Cyprus issue and Brexit. Discussing the Labour Party’s policy on Cyprus, the Shadow Ministers said that a mechanism would have to be found that addresses the security concerns of…

APPG for Cyprus holds its Annual General Meeting

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Cyprus held its 2018 Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 10 July where Sir Roger Gale was re-elected as Chair. During the AGM, members of the APPG for Cyprus also had a private meeting with the Cypriot Government Spokesperson, Prodromos Prodromou. The Officers of the APPG for Cyprus were elected…

APPG for Cyprus holds private briefing with new Foreign Minister of Cyprus

On Tuesday 17 April, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Cyprus held a private briefing with the new Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus, Nikos Christodoulides. The meeting was held in the Houses of Parliament and was the first chance for Mr Christodoulides to meet the APPG for Cyprus in his new…

APPG for Cyprus meets with High Commissioner Designate for the UK to the Republic of Cyprus

On Wednesday 14 March, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Cyprus met with the High Commissioner Designate for the UK to the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Stephen Lillie.  Mr Lillie will replace Mr Matthew Kidd as High Commissioner in Nicosia in late-April. He met with the APPG for Cyprus as part of the preparation for…

National Federation of Cypriots in the UK and Parliamentary delegation meets with Minister for Europe Sir Alan Duncan MP

A delegation of Officers from the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK held a meeting on Wednesday 28 February with the Minister for Europe, Sir Alan Duncan MP. Also present was the Deputy Head of the Eastern Mediterranean Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Richard Lee-Smith. The Federation delegation consisted of President, Christos…

President of Cyprus House of Representatives meets with UK Parliamentarians and Federation

H.E. the President of the House of Representatives of Cyprus, Mr Demetris Syllouris met with the All Party Parliamentary Group for Cyprus, at a lunch hosted by the National Federation of Cypriots in UK. Mr Syllouris awarded Sir Alan Meale, a longstanding friend of Cyprus and former MP, the Medal of Honour of the House…

AKEL General Secretary meets with Cyprus APPG Chair, Shadow Ministers and MPs

As part of AKEL General Secretary, Andros Kyprianou’s visit to London, Federation President Christos Karaolis accompanied him for a number of Parliamentary meetings. Mr Kyprianou met with the Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Cyprus, Sir Roger Gale MP, Shadow Ministers Khalid Mahmood MP and Fabian Hamilton MP, as well as Catherine West…

APPG statement on anniversary of Turkish invasion

Important statement by Sir Roger Gale, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Cyprus, on the tragic anniversary of Turkey’s invasion and occupation of Cyprus. The invasion began on 20 July 1974 and by the time it was over 37% of Cyprus and 57% of its coastline was under Turkish occupation. It’s time for a #FreeUnitedCyprus that is…

Cyprus action day in UK Parliament as Cyprus Government Spokesperson visits

“The unacceptable status quo is not an option for neither Greek Cypriots nor Turkish Cypriots. The outcome in Crans-Montana is not a positive development… We remain fully committed to negotiating within the UNSG framework, which clearly states that the current system of guarantees must be terminated, that intervention rights should be abolished, and that troops…

Federation expresses deep sorrow at death of Sir Gerald Kaufman

The National Federation of Cypriots in the UK would like to express it condolences to the family and friends of Sir Gerald Kaufman, a long-standing Labour politician and friend of Cyprus. Sir Gerald Kaufman was the son of Polish-Jewish refugees who fled anti-Jewish pogroms before the First World War. He was born in Leeds on 21 June 1930…

All Party Parliamentary Group visits Cyprus to express support for ongoing negotiations

A cross-party delegation from the All Party Parliamentary Group for Cyprus recently visited Cyprus to express the support of the British Parliament for the ongoing negotiations to reunite the island and its people. The delegation was led by APPG Chairman, Sir Roger Gale MP and included Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP, David Burrowes MP, Stephen…

UK Government, Opposition and MPs reaffirm commitment for just solution to Cyprus Issue

MPs from the across the political spectrum reaffirmed their commitment to continue supporting the Cypriot people and their government in their efforts to reunify their island through a lasting and just settlement of the long-standing Cyprus issue. In a National Federation of Cypriots in the UK event at the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday evening,…

Lobby in the House of Commons to mark the 41st Anniversary of the division and occupation of Cyprus

At the Annual Lobby in Parliament, organized by the National Federation of Cypriots, and co-sponsored by a number of MPs and peers, UK Parliamentarians from across the political spectrum condemned forty one years of division and occupation in Cyprus. Before the Annual Parliamentary Lobby, the Annual Picket for the Missing Persons, organized by the Organisation…

Cyprus Government Spokesman calls on EU allies to show greater solidarity with Cyprus, at House of Commons event

At an event hosted by the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK in the British Parliament last night, UK politicians and British Cypriots heard an extensive update on developments in Cyprus, from the Republic of Cyprus Government Spokesman, Nicos Christodoulides. His address was followed by comments and statements from Parliamentarians and an open questions…