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All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Mobility

Inquiry into Access into Leading Professions

Following the publication of our report Leading People 2016, the Sutton Trust is working with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Mobility to lead a parliamentary inquiry into access into leading professions. Together we will explore what is being done to increase access for those from disadvantaged backgrounds into the leading professions such as law, finance, medicine, journalism and politics, and what more could be done.

What is an APPG?
All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPG) are cross-party groups of MPs and Peers that explore issues in depth and draw their attention to parliamentarians. The APPG on Social Mobility was set up to discuss and evaluate key issues, research and indicators of social mobility and barriers to it. During the last parliament, the APPG on Social Mobility explored character development and early years, culminating with the Character and Resilience Manifesto. The Sutton Trust became the group secretariat in December 2015.

Who is part of the APPG?
Justin Madders MP is the Chair of the group and the Labour Member of Parliament for Ellesmere Port and Neston, he previously worked in employment law.

Baroness Claire Tyler of Enfield is the co-Chair, a Liberal Democrat Peer, member of the House of Lords Social Mobility Committee, the Chair of CAFCASS (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service) and the President of the National Children’s Bureau.

Flick Drummond MP is a champion of the inquiry and the Conservative Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South, a former insurance broker and was a member of the TA Intelligence Corps.

Andrea Jenkyns MP is a champion of the inquiry and the Member of Parliament for Morley and Outwood, she is a former international business development manager.

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General Election June 2017

During the Dissolution of Parliament prior to the General Election, there are no Members of Parliament and the Social Mobility Group has no status as an All-Party Parliamentary Group.

All references to Members of Parliament are purely historical.