In the first few months of 2020, Parliamentarian membership of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Fisheries almost doubled, as the group welcomed seven new MPs and Peers as members.
Fisheries has risen up the public agenda in the wake of Brexit, and this has garnered a strong interest within Westminster.
The APPG’s AGM in January attracted thirteen Parliamentarians from across the political spectrum. Attendees ranged from seasoned APPG members to new MPs keen to learn more about the representation of the fishing industry in Parliament. Many had thoughts on how to develop the APPG to further its reach within Westminster.
“The APPG has made huge strides in raising the profile of UK fishing within the Houses of Parliament,” said Sheryll Murray MP, who chairs the group. “With the addition of many fantastic new members, we are looking forward to taking it even further.”
Attendees put forward a broad range of ideas on potential directions of travel for the APPG. There are plans to run joint events with other APPGs, to engage with potentially overlooked areas of the sector, and to examine important areas of fisheries policy.
Nominated members were formally ratified on 25 February. More information about the group’s Parliamentarian members can be found on the APPG on Fisheries website.
APPG meetings are currently on hold due to measures to contain COVID-19, but there are plans for a diverse range of events in the future. Sign up to the APPG’s newsletter to be the first to know, and to get the latest news related to the UK fishing industry and surrounding policy.
Source: APPG on Fisheries