All Party Parliamentary Group
LGYH provides the secretariat support for the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire, which Members of Parliament established in 2012 to champion the region on the national political stage – with a particular focus on unlocking the unrivalled potential Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire offers to deliver radical growth and rebalancing of the UK economy.
This is a landmark APPG – the first of its kind to champion an entire region of England – and demonstrates the commitment of MPs to come together, on a cross-Party basis, to influence collectively the key decision makers in Westminster, Whitehall and beyond.
The APPG’s vision:
The APPG provides a powerful regional voice for growth and prosperity across Yorkshire & Lincolnshire’s local economies – connecting MPs, local government, the education/skills sector, industry, LEPs and other key partners, to work in the best interests of our local businesses and local communities.
It actively promotes Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire on the national political stage, helping to showcase what’s best about our region, and to demonstrate – to Ministers and other key decision makers - what practical steps need to be taken to unlock the enormous potential that we have across our local economies.
The APPG’s sponsors:
In addition to LGYH’s support to run the Group’s secretariat, the APPG is sponsored by a number of key organisations from across the region – Infrastructure North, Stagecoach Yorkshire, Associated British Ports, York Potash Ltd, as well as receiving further support from the four regional Local Enterprise Partnerships and Yorkshire Universities.
What the APPG is delivering:
Through support from its sponsors the APPG is delivering at least four major showcase debates during 2012/13, bringing the best of the region to the attention of Parliament and Ministers.
Each event will address one of four headline priorities put forward by MPs as being critical for the future success of the region. Where needed the APPG can initiate specific,ongoing inquiries into the most critical issues.
The APPG has submitted a letter in support of the Doncaster bid to host the High Speed Rail college. The letter is attached below.
APPG letter supporting Doncaster HS2 College bid
July 2014 - Harnessing the bioeconomy for jobs and growth
This session aimed to showcase Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire as a region with a strong and vibrant bio-economy and as a UK and global leader in this area, able to deliver excellent returns on the Government’s planned future investment in the sector. Attending the session was Anne MacIntosh, Chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee, as well as regional MPs, Councillors and sector representatives. Following the meeting a letter was sent by the APPG to Lord DeMauley, Parliamentary Under-Secretary at DEFRA. A summary of the meeting and a copy of the letter can be found below.
APPG Meeting Notes - Harnessing the bioeconomy for jobs and growth July 2014
APPG letter to Lord De Mauley on the bioeconomy
Government letter of response - Rt Hon Matthew Hancock MP, Sept 2014
June 2014 - Local Transport Investment and Local Growth: Review of Priorities and Progress
Attending this meeting was the Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin, who discussed government policy and investment in rail and road infrastructure. Also attending were a number of the region's MPs, as well as regional Elected Members, LEP members and representatives of transport organisations from across Yorkshire and Humber. Following the meeting a letter outlining transport issues from the region was submitted to the Minister. A copy of the letter and the event report can be found below.
APPG Meeting Notes - Local Transport Investment and Local Growth June 2014
APPG letter submitted to the Secretary of State for Transport
May 2014 - Unlocking Enterprise, Strategic Economic Plans for Future Growth
At the end of March 2014, the LEPs across Yorkshire & Northern Lincolnshire submitted their final Strategic Economic Plans. This session provided an important opportunity for MPs to better understand these important strategies, which set the priorities and direction for local growth activity across the region for years to come. Speaking at the APPG session were RT Hon Greg Clarke, Minister for Cities and Growth, and Andy Sawford, Shadow Local Government Minister. Following the session a summary of the Yorkshire and Humber SEPs was circulated to MPs, this can be found below.
Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire Strategic Economic Plan summaries
March 2014 - Urgent APPG on TransPennine Express Rolling Stock
The APPG Chairs called for an urgent meeting of the Group to discuss how they should best be responding, on a collective, cross-Party basis, to the plans for nine TransPennine Express rail carriages, from rail routes in the North, to be transferred to Chiltern Railways’ London-to-Oxfordshire lines. Following the session a joint letter was submitted to the Transport Minister, Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin, attached below.
Letter to the Transport Minister about TransPennine Express Rolling Stock
January 2014 - APPG meeting with Rt Hon Vince Cable
APPG Members met with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills - Rt Hon Vince Cable MP in January. A summary of the discussions can be found in the letter below,
Letter to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills - Jan 2014
December 2013 - "Infrastructure North - Energy for Growth and Thriving Communities"
Phil Jones, CEO of Northern Powergrid, outlined the scale of the investment that the four ‘Infrastructure North’ member organisations (Northern Powergrid, Northern Gas Networks, Yorkshire Water and Northumbrian Water) make across the region – i.e. £2.2 billion per year.. It was emphasised that Infrastructure North are eager for a positive dialogue with MPs and wider stakeholders on infrastructure supply issues. A full report on the session can be found below.
December 2013 - Infrastructure North, Energy for Growth and Thriving Communities
In December 2013 the APPG co-hosted a Parliamentary reception with Gradcore on the role of graduates in business and the economy of Yorkshire. More information can be found here.
September 2013 - "LEPS, City Deals and Combined Authorities: Priorities, policies and politics moving forward"
Six MPs plus representatives from the region’s Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and a dozen other key stakeholders attended the sixth meeting of the APPG on 4th September 2013. The Group heard a keynote address from Lord Shipley, followed by presentations from each of the region’s four LEPs. On this occasion the meeting was chaired by Meg Munn MP (Sheffield Heeley), APPG Vice-Chair. A full report on the meeting can be found below.
APPG meeting notes - LEPS, City Deals and Combined Authorities
May 2013 - “Local Economic Leadership and Maximising the Impact of EU Funding for Growth and Jobs in Yorkshire & Northern Lincolnshire”
Several MPs plus well over 30 individuals, representing organisations from across the region involved in local growth and European funding issues, attended the fifth meeting of the APPG on 15th May 2013. The Group heard keynote speeches from Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government, Baroness Hanham, who has specific responsibility in Government for the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF); as well as Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP. The Group also heard specific contributions from Timothy Kirkhope, Member of the European Parliament for Yorkshire and Humber, John Healey MP, Louise Tearle and Joanne Patrickson representing the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges, and Ian Rowe, HE-LEP Liaison Director at Yorkshire Universities. Following the meeting a letter has been submitted to government sumarising the key issues from the region on EU funding. A full report on the meeting, along with the letter, can be found below.
APPG EU Funding session - May 2013
Letter from APPG Chairs to EU Funding Ministers
March 2013 - "Advanced Manufacturing: An Industrial Growth Policy for Yorkshire and Humber"
Several MPs plus well over 30 individuals, representing organisations from across the region involved in manufacturing industry issues, attended the fourth meeting of the APPG on 19th March 2013. The Group heard keynote speeches from Business and Enterprise Minister, Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP, and Shadow Business Minister, Iain Wright MP. It also took evidence from a wide range of businesses, Local Enterprise Partnership representatives, industry bodies and councillors from across the region, who shared their experiences of supporting manufacturing industry growth and highlighted particular barriers that needed to be tackled. Following the meeting the APPG wrote to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills to provide an update on the session and to invite him to meet with the APPG Chairs to discuss it further.
APPG Meeting Report - 'Advanced Manufacturing' March 2013
Letter from APPG Chairs to Secretary of State on Advanced Manufacturing
January 2013 - "Skills for Growth: Unlocking Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire's Key Growth Sectors"
Numerous MPs plus around 40 individuals, representing organisations from across the region and with a stake in the skills agenda, attended this third Parliamentary meeting of the Group on 29th January. The Group heard keynote speeches from Skills Minister, Matthew Hancock MP; Chair of the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee, Adrian Bailey MP; and the Chair of the Humber LEP Skills Commission, Nic Dakin MP. It also took evidence from a wide range of businesses, Local Enterprise Partnerships, councillors and other stakeholders from across the region, who shared their experiences of skills and employment issues, as well as best practice examples and other possible solutions – with a particular focus seen as the need for more local control and leadership over skills, to better link education and training to jobs and future economic growth opportunities. A full report on the meeting can be found below.
APPG Meeting - January 2013. 'Skills for Growth: Unlocking Key Growth Sectors'
November 2012 - "Yorkshire's Energy Revolution: Delivering Greener Growth"
14 MPs, plus more than 40 individuals representing organisations from across the region with a key interest in energy issues, attended the second meeting of the APPG on 21st November. The meeting was chaired by the APPG Co-Chair Barry Sheerman MP, with the other Co-Chair, Andrew Percy MP, unavoidably out of London on Health Select Committee Business and passing his apologies. The Group heard keynote speeches from Energy Minister, John Hayes MP, and members of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee, Dan Byles MP and John Robertson MP. It also took evidence from a range of businesses, Local Enterprise Partnerships, trade organisations and councillors from the region, who shared their experiences of energy issues and possible solutions; including the needs for greater certainty over Government policy, more devolved ownership and decision-making, and encouraging higher levels of investor confidence in the opportunities that exist across the region. A report on the meeting can be found below.
Following this session a meeting was set up with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Rt Hon Ed Davey MP, to discuss our collective case for a step-change in green and energy sector-driven growth and jobs across Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire. Following this meeting the APPG submitted a letter sumarising the discussions. A copy of the letter can be found below.
APPG meeting - Yorkshire's Energy Revolution: Delivering Greener Growth
APPG letter to Rt Hon Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
September 2012 – “Transport for Yorkshire?”
This inaugural event dealt with the specific transport infrastructure investments needed to unlock Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire’s full growth potential - from major rail network investment to wider strategic road and local public transport improvements. This session was attended by Transport Minister, Norman Baker MP, Transport Committee Chair Louise Ellman MP, and demonstrated how investments in the region’s transport infrastructure can deliver guaranteed returns in terms of future growth, jobs and prosperity; particularly emphasising that, to make the right investment decisions, they must be taken within the region. A full report on this event can be found below.
Following the session a response was submitted by the APPG to the Transport Select Committee as part of their Aviation Strategy Evidence. This response can be found here.
The Group has also helped ensure a further, full Transport Select Committee Inquiry into 'Access to Ports'. The evidence submitted by the APPG to the Committee can be found here.
APPG 'Transport for Yorkshire?' Report
APPG delegation to DfT - follow-up letter
A copy of the formal APPG Parliamentary Register can be found here.
Service Transformation in the North - In June 2014, NLGN and its partners convened a workshop to discuss how councils in the North were integrating and transforming their public services. This paper summarises the discussion. More information here.
APPG Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire report following the session on the bioeconomy is now online, along with the APPG letter sent to Lord DeMauley following the meeting . More information here.
Yorkshire and Humber Local Authorities have submitted a joint letter to the DfT Rail Franchising consultation . More information here.
The APPG Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire report following the session on local transport investment and growth is now available. More information here.