As the Conservative Party romped home in the General Election, strongly supported by the events industry, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Events Nick de Bois lost his seat in Enfield North.
Conservative candidate De Bois told the Enfield Independent he was "proud" of his time in parliament and that it was "hard to find an answer" to how he lost.
He said: "If you fight a marginal seat you put your hands in the democratic process and you know it is not a meritocracy. Politics shifts and this time is shifted against us."
"I think it is a really hard to find one answer to that, I think if you look at seats like Ilford North which went from a 5,000 majority to a short loss of 300, you have to say what is going on in north east London which has led to the Conservatives losing and we need to challenge that, move forward and examine what is going on."
As chair of the APPG de Bois has led an inquiry into events and its promotion of business tourism in the UK, and has called for events professionals to get involved in an industry-funded group like Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP) to lobby government.
De Bois was previously managing director of events agency Rapiergroup – formerly Rapier Design - before entering Parliament after the 2010 General Election.
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