Public Affairs- APPG

APPG women in contact with the criminal justice system

Due to the dissolution of parliament the APPG no longer exists.

What is the APPG for women in contact with the justice system?

We organise the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Women in contact with the justice system (APPG). This helps us influence politicians and put forward suggestions for change in the system. We became the secretariat for the APPG in 2023. This was previously held by the Howard League for Penal Reform (under the name the APPG for women in the penal system).

The APPG’s purpose is to increase the knowledge and awareness of the experiences of women in contact with the justice system and promote approaches that reduce criminalisation and meet women’s needs.

Which Parliamentarians are involved?


  • Kate Osamor MP, Chair
  • Baroness Fiona Hodgson of Abinger CBE, Vice Chair
  • Marsha De Cordova MP
  • Caroline Dinenage MP


  • Paula Barker MP
  • The Rt. Hon the Lord David Blunkett
  • The Rt. Hon. the Lord Bradley
  • Karen Buck MP
  • Baroness Burt of Solihull
  • Baroness Lister of Burtersett CBE
  • Ian Byrne MP
  • Alex Cunningham MP
  • Janet Daby MP
  • The Rt. Hon Baroness Garden of Frognal
  • Mary Glindon MP
  • The Rt. Rev Lord Bishop of Gloucester
  • Baroness Hamwee
  • Carolyn Harris MP
  • Helen Hayes MP
  • Dr Rupa Huq MP
  • Kim Johnson MP
  • John McDonnell MP
  • Navendu Mishra MP
  • Grahame Morris MP
  • Jess Phillips MP
  • Yasmin Qureshi MP
  • Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP
  • The Rt. Hon. Liz Saville-Roberts MP
  • Jeff Smith MP
  • Claudia Webbe MP
  • Catherine West MP
  • Hywel Williams MP / AS
  • The Lord Woodley


Women in Prisons Director of External Affairs and Campaigns, Nicola Drinkwater is clerk for the group. The group is registered in the Register of APPGs.

The minutes for the APPG can be found here:

This is not an official website of Parliament. It has not been approved by either House. APPGs are informal groups of Parliamentarians with a common interest in particular issues. The views expressed are those of the group.