Government finalises All Party Parliamentary Group for events industry

The events industry has finally achieved formal recognition in the halls of government with the creation of a dedicated parliamentary group.

Government finalises All Party Parliamentary Group for events industry
Government finalises All Party Parliamentary Group for events industry

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Events (APPG) was formally established last week after a meeting at the House of Commons to elect officer.

Conservative member for Enfield North Nick De Bois was elected chair of the APPG, with Labour Member for Edinburgh South Ian Murray acting as vice chair. Steve Brine and Paul Uppal were elected at treasurer and secretary respectively.

The first APPG meeting will take place on 13 June with Excel CEO Kevin Murphy addressing the panel about business events. There will also be a talk about outdoor, cultural events and festivals as well as familiarisation visits to various venues for members.

The establishment of the group follows lobby work by Event Industry Forum (EIF) and The Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP).

Here’s the list of APPG members in full:

Esther McVey – Con - Wirral West

Karen Lumley – Con - Redditch

Laura Sandys – Con - South Thanet

Paul Uppal  - Con - Wolverhampton South

Mark Menzies – Con – Fylde

Caroline Dineage  - Con - Gosport

Jack Dromey – Lab - Birmingham Erdington

Michael Dugher – Lab - Barnsley East

Tom Greatrex – Lab - Rutherglen & Hamilton West

Tony Lloyd – Lab - Manchester Central

Ian Murray – Lab - Edinburgh South

Stephen Timms – Lab - East Ham

Don Foster  - Lib Dem - Bath

Adrian Saunders - Lib Dem - Torbay

Lord Lee - Lib Dem - Trafford

Anas Sarwar – Lab - Glasgow Central

Richard Harrington – Con - Watford

Charlotte Leslie – Con - Bristol North West

John Cryer – Lab - Leyton and Wanstead

Emily Thornberry – Lab - Islington

Dan Byles – Con - North Warwickshire and Bedworth

John Pugh - Lib Dem – Southport

Steve Brine – Con - Winchester

Kevin Brennan – Lab - Cardiff West

Connor Burns – Con - Bournemouth West

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