UK infrastructure 'top of political agenda'

Following the recent general election, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Infrastructure (APPGI) was reconstituted at its AGM on Monday, 20th January.

Infrastructure Parliamentary Group
Infrastructure Parliamentary Group

Members of the Infrastructure Parliamentary Group reconvened in the House of Commons to discuss the group’s programme for the year ahead and how they will continue their work to ensure the public get the infrastructure they need.

At the meeting, parliamentarians re-elected Vicky Ford, MP for Chelmsford, as Chair of the Group. Lord Andrew Stunell was also elected as an Officer, filling a vacancy left after the general election.

As Parliament’s leading cross-party group dedicated to economic infrastructure in the UK, the APPGI is the forum that brings together parliamentarians, industry leaders and decision-makers, to discuss the key challenges facing the UK and the role of infrastructure in addressing them.

Speaking after the meeting, Vicky Ford MP said: “I am delighted to have been re-elected as Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Infrastructure.

“This is an important time for the group now that infrastructure is right at the top of the political agenda. With a number of key infrastructure topics, including the publication of the Government’s National Infrastructure Strategy and decarbonisation, firmly on the horizon, the APPGI will continue to highlight the importance of infrastructure to the economy and society over the next Parliament.

“I am looking forward to building on the good work carried out by our APPG last year in order to ensure the public get the infrastructure they need.”

The other officers of the APPGI are:

  • Alan Brown MP (SNP) – Co-Chair
  • Chi Onwurah MP (Labour) – Officer
  • Lord Stunell (Liberal Democrat) – Officer
  • Baroness Neville-Rolfe (Conservative) – Officer
  • Lord Berkeley (Labour) – Officer

The AGM was also attended by Stephen Hammond MP, Peter Bottomley MP, Katherine Fletcher MP, Gary Sambrook MP and Lord Robert Mair as well as representatives from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), which provides the secretariat to the group.

You can get involved with the APPGI’s activities by contacting Luke Driscoll, ICE’s Public Affairs Executive and the APPGI’s Secretariat.

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