At its official Annual General Meeting the All Party Parliamentary Group for Events (APPG) re-elected the Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP, Member of Parliament for Chipping Barnet, as its Chair.
The meeting also elected several Vice Chairs to support the work of the APPG, including Fay Jones MP, Bob Seely MP, Robert Largan MP, Alex Sobel MP, Simon Baynes MP and Mark Menzies MP.
Commenting on her re-election, Theresa Villiers said; “It is great that the APPG for Events will continue its efforts to support this crucially important sector of the economy. I am delighted to take on the chairmanship for another year. I look forward to working with my colleagues on a cross-party basis on our new programme of activity, including generating ideas on how this country can bring further major international events here.”
The APPG also discussed and agreed the framework for its Plan of Work during the current Parliament, which is focused on five key areas of policy:
- A Government led/supported confidence campaign
- The impact of major events on local communities
- A set of financial incentives to create new UK based events
- A coordinated approach to bring existing international events to the UK
- Government support to develop a more sustainable events strategy
In addition to the formal Plan of Work, the APPG will support the work of two specific initiatives that they believe can have a major impact on the events sector:
- The introduction of the Protect Duty legislation, also known as Martyn’s Law
- The introduction of short term ‘event visas’ for international delegates attending UK events
The APPG will also consider other representation from event sector organisations where they feel their remit enables it to lobby for direct Government support or intervention on a particular issue. For 2022, the APPG is also considering whether to widen its membership to include non-Parliamentarians as supporting partners, including commercial organisations, to extend its reach and engagement with the sector.