For the first time, an All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for London has been set up and registered with the Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards (OPCS).
The London group’s inaugural meeting, which must be held prior to registration, heard that membership included 39 London MPs and two Peers – well over fifty per cent of the total number in London.
The secretariat for the group is London Councils on behalf of London local government. London Councils represents the 32 London boroughs and the City of London.
Bob Neill MP, Co-Chair of the group said: “This group will give London a voice in Parliament at a critical time. Londoners have a major stake in the debates on devolution and the funding of public services, and both housing and transport are huge issues for all of us. This group will help to ensure that London’s views are heard in these debates loud and clear.”
Steve Reed MP, Co-Chair of the group said: “The foundation of this group is long overdue and very welcome. The group will seek to address the challenges affecting London and will listen to groups representing Londoners.”
- Peers who wish to be members are also being contacted ahead of a programme of meetings and events planned for the summer.
- APPGs are informal cross-party groups that are run by and for Members of the Commons and Lords. The APPG was registered on 28 May 2015.
- The officers of the group are: Co-Chair, Bob Neill MP (Con, Bromley & Chislehurst) and Steve Reed MP (Lab, Croydon North), Secretary, Catherine West MP (Lab, Hornsey & Wood Green) and Treasurer Paul Scully MP (Con, Sutton & Cheam).