Conferences 2010 - taking freight's story to the Tories

Posted on: Monday, 18 October 2010 by Mike Webb in categories Media and campaigns, Transport Hub

The FTA party conference roadshow continued this week with a trip to the Conservative party conference in Birmingham.

Conservative MPs receptive to FTA's message

While there FTA enjoyed conversations with a number of leading Conservative politicians, even discovering that the new MP for North West Leicestershire had done his CPC with FTA some 20 years ago! The new breed of Conservative MPs with whom FTA met seemed very business-focused, and seemed receptive to the central FTA message that cutting investment in new infrastructure would be a significant hindrance to the economic development of the UK.

Final Transport Hub event

The Conservative conference also saw the final instalment of the 2010 Transport Hub.

FTA organised two events at the Transport Hub in Birmingham, and were delighted to welcome ministers to both. First up was the FTA event, a discussion of infrastructure and the future. In the end, the debate was dominated by the welcome openness from Mike Penning, the new minister with responsibility for freight.

He was happy to discuss a range of issues, and set out clearly the Government’s intent that a lorry road user charge would be revenue neutral for the UK operator, that eco-driving training would not be made mandatory alongside other matters of interest to logistics operators. The following day, a wider discussion on transport taking in the whole public transport sector as well as freight was held with Transport Secretary Philip Hammond as the Transport Hub’s final Question Time event.

All in all it has been a successful conference season for FTA, and we would like to thank all of the politicians, assistants and event speakers who have helped to make both the FTA political contact programme and the Transport Hub events possible.

Transport Hub event at the Conservative party conferenceTransport Hub event

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