James Heappey announced as chairman for All Party Parliamentary Group

MP for Wells James Heappey has been announced as the new chairman for the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Events in parliament.

The announcement was made last night, (19 October) at the Britain for Events industry reception, held at The Mermaid at Blackfriars London.  

Heappey, who had a career as a major in the army, became MP for the Somerset constituency and home of Glastonbury music festival in May 2015. 

Former chairman of the group Nick de Bois, who left the role after losing his seat at the last election, told C&IT that he was delighted Heappey would continue to fly the flag for the events industry. "With his help we can build on the government's commitment to supporting the events industry, in particular the business events sector."

Heappey said he hoped to continue de Bois' work in "putting the events industry on the government's agenda".

Richard Waddington, chair of the Event Marketing Association, added that the BVEP had made great steps towards achieving industry representation, through the work of de Bois and the APPG. "As a representative for EMA on the BVEP, we’d like to see that momentum continued and the industry pulling together and working together around the big issues which need a voice into government such as H&S, Tax, Transport etc. It’s up to us to make our voice heard and we now have a vehicle through which to do it."

More:

David Cameron announces plans to support events industry with new government board

Britain for Events launches second #NEMO campaign

UK events industry votes Conservative

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