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Theresa Villiers says APPG will look at pandemic insurance for events industry

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Events (APPG) has held its first meeting following its re-establishment as an official APPG in Parliament, to elect its officers and outline its objectives for the year ahead.

Members of Parliament from all of the major political parties attended the online Parliamentary meeting, 8 December, which was chaired by The Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP (pictured), Member of Parliament for Chipping Barnet, the recently appointed chair of the APPG. A number of supporting Officers were also elected to the APPG, including Mark Menzies MP, Robert Seely MP, Owen Thompson MP, Andrew Slaughter MP, Stephen Hammond MP, Robert Largan MP, Rachel Hopkins MP, and Debbie Abrahams MP.

Villiers described the meeting as “very successful” and added there was clear enthusiasm from MPs about backing the events, conference and exhibitions sector.

Villiers added that the group would be looking at ways of supporting the sector going forward, including on matters relating to insurance.

“We all agreed how crucial it is to get the industry open again, so we will be looking at how the Government can help provide certainty by supporting a number of issues, including pandemic insurance,” she said.

“This is a really encouraging start for the newly re-established APPG. I look forward to working with colleagues across parties, and from different parts of the UK, on providing a voice in Parliament for the events industry.”

The group agreed to meet again early in the New Year, where it would be inviting representatives from various stakeholder groups to discuss how the APPG could provide support, both short term and long term, given the particular challenges that the industry continues to face.