New officers join All Party Parliamentary Group on Infrastructure

As well as hearing about issues regarding infrastructure and Brexit, three new parliamentarians were elected at the Annual General Meeting including Lilian Greenwood, Labour MP for Nottingham South.

Stephen Hammond remains Chair of the APPG Infrastructure
Stephen Hammond remains Chair of the APPG Infrastructure

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Infrastructure provides an opportunity to bring together parliamentarians with an interest in infrastructure, as well as tunnelling issues and the wider engineering agenda and its benefit to both the UK economy and society.

Election of officers

The election for 2016/17 took place with Stephen Hammond MP remaining as Chairman and Lord Chidgey moving from Officer to Vice Chair. Alan Brown MP takes up the role of Secretary and Lilian Greenwood MP has taken up the role of Treasurer. Lillian brings a wealth of experience on infrastructure issues having served as a Shadow Secretary of State and Minister for Transport, as well as briefly serving on the Transport Select Committee.

The Group also welcomed Ranil Jayawardena MP and Chris Green MP who have both taken up roles as Officers. As an officer, politicians are recognised as advocates and asked to raise the importance of infrastructure; engineering in Parliament as well as promoting the value infrastructure contributes to the UK economy and society.

The Group consists of other officers who are civil engineers, alongside Chairs and Members of Select Committees. Officers include:

  • Mark Prisk MP (Conservative)
  • Neil Carmichael MP (Conservative)
  • Dr Alan Whitehead MP (Labour)
  • Kelvin Hopkins MP (Labour)
  • Lord Berkeley (Labour)

Brexit and infrastructure

The Group discussed matters concerning Brexit and infrastructure ranging from trade and exports to infrastructure funding. Alex Green-Wilkes, ICE Public Affairs Manager gave an update on the work of the Brexit Infrastructure Group, a special leadership group tasked with informing Brexit negotiators on the key risks, challenges and opportunities the infrastructure and construction industry faces.

Forthcoming programme

Further meetings will take place before the end of the year, including a project update on the Thames Tideway Tunnel with Mark Sneesby, Chief Operating Officer, Tideway followed by a session on the National Needs Assessment.