The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge Corridor was launched on January 31st in Westminster.
The launch event for the APPG was a great success. I was delighted by the number of attendees from across the corridor. As well as Parliamentary colleagues, we had a great range of representatives from businesses, local authorities, LEPs, universities and other organisations from across the corridor.
There was a great buzz of excitement and a willingness to co-operate to realise the potential of the project. In my role as the Government's official champion for the corridor, I shall now be setting up meetings with stakeholders over the next couple of months to allow me to map out their priorities for the Government.
I have met with Sajid Javid and the Government sees enormous potential for this new 'Silicon Valley' to drive the nation's economic growth. There are many challenges and to be successful we shall have to innovate new ways for Central Government departments and local authorities to co-operate. I strongly believe that the enthusiasm on display today bodes well for making this vision a reality.
The launch provided a great opportunity for stakeholders to hear about the progress already being made in delivering key projects, as well as the latest developments on the work to deliver the long-term Transport Strategy for the corridor.
Speakers at the launch were:
- Iain Stewart MP
- Cllr Martin Tett, Chairman, England’s Economic Heartland
- Rob Brighouse, Chairman, East West Rail Company
- Matt Stafford, Project Director, Highways England
The following were elected as Officers of the APPG:
- Iain Stewart MP – Chair
- Rt. Hon Dame Cheryl Gillan MP – Vice Chair
- Rt. Hon Lord Faulkner of Worcester – Vice Chair
- Daniel Zeichner MP – Vice Chair