All Party Parliamentary Group for Events responds to Imex absence criticism

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Events (APPG for Events) has told C&IT that Imex chairman Ray Bloom’s comments about its lack of attendance at the Frankfurt show were unfair.

All Party Parliamentary Group for Events responds to Imex absence criticism
All Party Parliamentary Group for Events responds to Imex absence criticism
In his closing statement at Imex on 26 May, Bloom criticised the group- setup to represent the industry in Parliament- for not attending the show, saying it was ‘notable by its absence’ and should increase its visibility.

APPG chairman Nick De Bois MP said: "Bloom’s comments were an indication that the industry needs to mature its expectations of the APPG for Events. During parliament it is very difficult for MPs to get away, especially to something that could be seen as excessive in the current climate.

"I support Bloom’s intentions and passion, but the day-to-day reality is very different. A whip can be called at short notice in Parliament, meaning we all have to be in the building. This makes going abroad very difficult to organise, let alone at only a few weeks notice."

Business Visits and Events Partnership Chairman Michael Hirst said: "Notwithstanding that the invitation to attend Imex was issued with very little notice, MPs are heavily committed during the times Parliament is sitting to parliamentary business."

He added that action is best done within Westminster by raising questions with Ministers directly and during debates and by engaging with representatives of the events industry in Britain.

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