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APPG for the cleaning and hygiene industry inaugurated

Published 2nd February, 2021 by Neil Nixon

APPG for the cleaning and hygiene industry inaugurated

The much-discussed All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the cleaning and hygiene sector was inaugurated today. Over 50 MPs and three members of the House of Lords have indicated they will join, making it one of the bigger and most credible APPGs.

Members of six parties will take part - the Conservative, Labour, Scottish National Party, Democratic Unionist Party, Plaid Cymru, and Liberal Democrats – and participants will include some of the most prominent Parliamentarians in the country, such as the former director of Age Concern, The Baroness Greengross, OBE, former Chancellor, the Rt Hon The Lord Lamont of Lerwick, and the former CEO of Mitie, The Baroness McGregor-Smith.

The meeting on Tuesday elected as co-chairs Nigel Mills, MP for Amber Valley, and The Baroness Greengross, two vice chairs, as well as agreeing on the make-up of the committee running the group.

The British Cleaning Council is sponsoring the APPG. Chairman Paul Thrupp and deputy chairman Jim Melvin (pictured) addressed the group at the inauguration. The APPG will represent the interests of the cleaning and hygiene sector in Parliament and influence MPs, ministers and government.

The BCC wants the APPG to put the status of the sector’s operatives as key and essential workers, and their priority for COVID-19 vaccination, at the top of its agenda in recognition of their role fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Paul Thrupp said: “This is a historic day for our industry. The establishment of the APPG is a major development for the cleaning and hygiene sector. I’m delighted that we have achieved this. The APPG will help ensure policy-makers are aware of the vital work we do and ensure the sector’s voice is heard in decisions that affect it. An industry of such large scale and huge importance as ours needs to have this kind of representation in Parliament. I’m particularly pleased that so many MPs have agreed to give the group their backing. Such widespread backing will ensure it is highly-credible and influential.”

Jim Melvin said: “This groundswell of support shows that there is growing recognition of the industry’s contribution and the vital work of its personnel, particularly in the fight against COVID-19. Though there are many important issues for the APPG to discuss, we’d like it to focus on the status of the sector’s operatives as key and essential workers, and their need for COVID-19 vaccination as an immediate priority.”

The BCC has been working alongside former MP for Stirling, Stephen Kerr, to support the establishment of the APPG, as well as encouraging member organisations and cleaning and hygiene companies to lobby their MPs to join.

As editor of C&M, I have watched with interest as this group has taken shape and gained strength. It is a credit to the hard work of the current British Cleaning Council board, plus its supporters, that such a successful inauguration took place today. This type of representation has been lacking for some time, and everyone involved in delivering the APPG should be congratulated. Long may it prosper and represent our industry within the walls of Westminster.

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