Picture: Chair of the new All Party Parliamentary Group on Retail Crime, Stephen Hammond MP (centre), with fellow MPs and NFRN officials
The issue of retail crime came to Westminster last week (14 May 2018) as NFRN NEC members led by National President Linda Sood attended the inaugural meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Retail Crime.
Chaired by Wimbledon MP Stephen Hammond and supported by colleagues from across the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the group intends to raise the awareness of the problem of retail crime amongst members of parliament and to encourage the government to take action to protect retailers and their businesses.
The meeting heard Mrs Sood describe the scale and the impact of retail crime on independent retailers before those present, which included MPs from government and opposition parties, discussed their experiences of retail crime and what the APPG can do to raise tackle the issues.
NFRN National President Linda Sood said after the meeting: “We are delighted that so many MPs attended the meeting or indicated their support for independent retailers. It was clear from those present that there is a clear desire amongst MPs to raise this issue with government ministers.”
The NFRN has agreed to act as the secretariat to the Group and a work programme is being drawn up.
APPG Retail Crime
Chair: Stephen Hammond MP
Co-Chairs: Jeffrey Donaldson MP, David Drew MP, Steve McCabe MP and Damien Moore MP