The proposed All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the cleaning and hygiene sector has been inaugurated.
A total of 53 MPs and three members of the House of Lords have indicated that they will join, making it one of the bigger and most credible APPGs, according to the British Cleaning Council, which is sponsoring the group.
Members of six parties are taking part - the Conservative, Labour, Scottish National Party, Democratic Unionist Party, Plaid Cymru and Liberal Democrats – and participants will include prominent parliamentarians, such as the former director of Age Concern, Baroness Greengross, OBE; former chancellor, the Rt Hon The Lord Lamont of Lerwick, and the former CEO of Mitie, Baroness McGregor-Smith.
At the inauguration meeting today, MPs elected Nigel Mills, MP for Amber Valley, and The Baroness Greengross as co-chairs, and agreed on vice chairs and the make-up of the committee which will run the group.
Chairman Paul Thrupp and deputy chairman Jim Melvin addressed the group at the official inauguration event.
The APPG will represent the interests of the cleaning and hygiene sector in Parliament and influence MPs, ministers and the 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.
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.”
He added: “The APPG will help ensure policymakers 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.”