The Coastal & Marine All Party Parliamentary Group, of which I used to be co-Chairman, is to be re-formed since its demise in early 2013.
The Group, which offers Members of Parliament to discuss and examine the unique challenges faced by coastal communities: economic, social and environmental, is to be re-formed by Morecambe & Lunesdale MP, David Morris.
Government ministers do not sit on APPGs and, as such, I was obliged to resign his chairmanship in September 2012, on becoming Local Government Minister. The Group went into abeyance in February 2013 and is now, following my recent letter to coastal MPs, being set up again by Mr Morris.
In my letter to local MPs, I said:
“Following the difficulties many of our areas have encountered over the last few months with tidal surges and related flooding, I am writing to ask you to consider bringing the Coastal and Marine All Party Parliamentary Group out of abeyance.
As you know, coastal communities face challenges unique to their geography. Having a dedicated APPG to report on these issues and press the Government for support can be hugely beneficial. After taking up my current role at the Department for Communities and Local Government, I was obliged to resign my chairmanship of the Group. The Group has, sadly, ceased to meet since then. I am writing to you today to ask you to revive the group to the benefit of households in all of our constituencies.”
David Morris MP has said:
“I will be pleased to continue the good work that Brandon has done as the Chairman of the Coastal & Marine APPG. For some time, I have been highlighting the challenges we face here in coastal communities and recent flooding across the UK in constituencies, including my own, has brought some of these issues to the forefront of many peoples’ minds. There are of course other issues such as finding ways to promote our seaside resorts and ensure our seaside resorts are a destination for days out and holidays.”