East of England APPG to give unified voice to region
13 September 2017
Speaking at the inaugural meeting of the East of England APPG, the Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough said he was determined to use his role to provide a voice for the East of England, a point echoed by the parliamentarians and others in attendance.
The group elected its officers, with Daniel Zeichner MP and Peter Aldous MP co-chairs. The APPG will work to develop a joined up approach to common issues for all the communities of the East of England.
Hearing from Lord Michael Heseltine and Andrew Carter, the chief executive of Centre for Cities, it is clear that while Cambridge is a priority for the Government, the benefits are not spread evenly throughout the region, with infrastructure and skills a barrier to wider economic growth.
Over the six months, the APPG will collect evidence which will culminate in an Autumn budget submission, based around three areas: transport and growth, infrastructure and investment, and the local industrial strategy.
The first evidence session, on transport and growth, will be held on 28th February in Westminster.