All-Party Commission on Physical Activity

children cycling and walking to school

The All-Party Commission on Physical Activity is taking a new approach to investigating physical inactivity in this country with a cross-sector, and cross-party, group of parliamentary experts.

Sustrans is working to support the Commissioners in partnership with:

The breadth of this ‘Champions Group’ is an indicator of just how widespread and how serious the physical inactivity crisis is – one which now causes over 35,000 premature deaths a year in England alone.

The All-Party Commission on Physical Activity was set up in response to the overwhelming evidence in the Designed to Move report and the need for action to end the physical inactivity epidemic in the UK. 

Over the last six months, the Commission has held five evidence sessions to hear from over 40 organisations and individuals across four key sectors – Health, Sport, Transport/Urban Planning, and Education; hosted two evidence sessions for MPs and Peers; and received over 150 submissions of written evidence from the likes of the National Trust and British Athletics, through to Public Health England, and Lord Coe. 

Read the All-Party Commision on Physical Activity Report.

In response to the Commission report, Sustrans is backing MOVE1, a new campaign to help parents to make family time, active time. 

The Co-Chairs

There are four Co-Chairs to lead proceedings, representing different sector backgrounds, each of whom brings extensive Parliamentary and policy experience to the table.

They are as follows:

  • Sport - Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson
  • Education – Charlotte Leslie MP
  • Transport - Julian Huppert MP
  • Health – Barbara Keeley MP


The Commissioners also bring sector expertise to the Commission and will support the work of the Co-Chairs.

They are as follows:

  • Greg Mulholland MP
  • Gerry Sutcliffe MP

For more information about the Commission’s aims, the Commission members and how you can engage in and contribute to this process visit the website:

If you’re on twitter follow the commission’s hashtag: #ActivityCommission

Today's children are the first generation with a shorter life expectancy than their parents. Below is a great short video by Designed to MoveWhat would you do with five more years? 

There is more information about how Sustrans works to influence policy on our website.