Conservatives seek urgent review of traveller protocol

Conservatives are calling for an urgent review of how the Council and Sussex Police deal with unauthorised traveller encampments after a series of high profile incursions on to sensitive sites in the city.

Conservative Group Leader, Cllr. Geoffrey Theobald, has written to the Council’s Chief Executive, asking for the matter to be debated at the next Policy & Resources Committee meeting on June 11th.

In his letter, Cllr. Theobald cites the recent examples of encampments on the Burial Ground at Woodingdean, St. Helen’s Green in Hangleton, Withdean Park and Hollingbury Park. In Hollingbury Park, travellers have twice now vandalised a chalk wildflower/butterfly bank which is maintained by local volunteers.

Cllr. Theobald said: “I am calling on the new Council Leader to put this issue at the top of his in-tray. I want to see an urgent review carried out, with Sussex Police, into how we can get a much more rapid response to incursions on our sensitive parks, gardens and playing fields. There are clear cases of criminal damage to public property yet nobody is being held accountable.  I suggested, a couple of months ago that officers look at the use of injunctions, along the lines of those introduced by both Leeds and Harlow councils, as I believe these could stop encampments happening in the first place. The Leader of the Council must get to grips with this ahead of the busy Summer season otherwise community relations will continue to deteriorate, and the considerable costs to the council tax payer will rise still further.”

 

Conservatives select strong Council leadership team

Cllr. Geoffrey Theobald was last night re-elected unopposed for a fifth year as Conservative Group Leader for the forthcoming municipal year at the Group’s AGM.

However, there will be a change in the leadership team as the highly-regarded Councillor for Central Hove, Andrew Wealls, was chosen to become one of the Group’s two Deputy Leaders. Andrew has been the Group’s Spokesman on Education and Schools for the last 4 years.

Woodingdean Ward Councillor, Dee Simson, was re-elected as the other Group Deputy for the third year in a row.

Following this month’s local elections, the Conservative Group is the Official Opposition on Brighton & Hove City Council, holding 20 out of the 54 seats, a gain of two seats. Cllr. Theobald became Group Leader following the local elections in May 2011.

Cllr. Theobald said: “I am delighted that my colleagues have given me the honour of leading the Conservative Group for another year and I would like to thank them for their support. I have an excellent and united team behind me and although we are disappointed not to be in Administration, we are confident about what the future holds. I would also like to thank Cllr. Garry Peltzer Dunn for being such a hard-working and supportive Deputy Leader for the last 4 years.”

Cllr. Wealls said: “I am really excited to be given this opportunity to be Deputy Leader of the Conservative Group by my colleagues and I would like to thank them for their support. We had some really talented and enthusiastic young people elected as Councillors last week to the Group, together with highly experienced colleagues, and so the future looks very bright for the Conservatives in Brighton & Hove.”

Cllr. Simson added: “It is great to be given another vote of confidence by my Group colleagues and I am now looking forward to getting stuck into the hard work that lies ahead, holding this new Labour Administration to account.”

Notes for editors:

Cllr. Theobald can be contacted on 07753636203; Cllr. Simson can be contacted on 07795336425; Cllr. Wealls can be contacted on 07557197592

www.brightonandhoveconservatives.com

@BHConservatives

ENDS

 

Mike Weatherley MP – Farewell Message

This website was established while I was a Member of Parliament. As Parliament has been dissolved, there are no Members of Parliament until after the Election on 7th May 2015.

 

 

I wanted to send out a short message thanking everyone for their support during my time as the Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade. It has been a tremendous honour undertaking this important role. I thought that this might be an appropriate moment to reflect on what we have done over the past five years.

This list is no way near exhaustive, but is an interesting highlight of what my team and I – with the fantastic help of residents – have achieved.

Once again, thanks to everyone for all your support during my time as your Member of Parliament.

Here is the list of what I have done, in no particular order:

  • Called for the harmonisation of online and offline penalties for crime within my Follow the Money Report in April 2014 – a call backed within the IPO’s Penalty Fair
  • Secured Amendment to the Consumer Rights Bill addressing secondary ticketing – the result of years of campaigning through the All Party Parliamentary Group on Secondary Ticketing which I co-founded and co-chaired (with Labour MP Sharon Hodgson).
  • Secured Adjournment Debate on Oesophageal Cancer to highlight the need for earlier and more efficient diagnosis and funds for quicker diagnostic procedures.
  • Supported the Government resulting in an over 50% drop in number of unemployment claimants in Hove and Portslade since coming to office in 2010.
  • Campaigned in support of Trading Standards’ work in tackling IP Crime.
  • Lobbied the Chancellor, George Osborne, for tax breaks for small and medium-sized live music venues.
  • Was appointed Parliamentary Patron of English Votes for English Laws campaign.
  • Was appointed the first ever Intellectual Property Rights Advisor to the Prime Minister.
  • Published four reports – all well received internationally and used as reference documents – following appointment as first ever Intellectual Property Rights Advisor to the Prime Minister:
    a) Search Engines and Piracy (May 2014).
    b) Follow the Money (June 2014).
    c) Copyright, Education and Awareness (October 2014)
    d) Safe Harbour Provisions & Online Service Providers (March 2015 – after stepping-down as Adviser).
  • Campaigned for a 50m swimming pool in Hove, backed by petition with well over 2,000 signatures.
  • Supported the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (formed in September 2013) and successfully lobbied the Home Secretary, Prime Minister and Intellectual Property Office to secure an additional £3m funding (securing the unit’s future until 2017) which was announced in October 2014.
  • Championed Copyright legislation, which came into force in October 2014 (through the Intellectual Property Act 2014) to allow for digital copies of content for personal use.
  • Served as Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Music Education, which successfully backed a campaign to secure £75m of funding for music education to 2020.
  • Supported Gay Marriage legislation, marched in the annual Brighton Gay Pride, presented an award at the Golden Handbag awards (June 2013), and sponsored an EDM to end homophobic chanting at football matches.
  • Hosted ground-breaking concert with Slash, Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators playing an amazing set in Parliament in May 2014.
  • Chaired the All Party Parliamentary Group on ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) and worked with 10 embassies, the ASEAN department within BIS and the EU to support bilateral trade relationships, particularly ahead of greater ASEAN integration in 2015.
  • Raised concerns over taxi deregulation in protection of Brighton & Hove consumers and licensed taxi drivers through facilitating Ministerial meetings with local Taxi driver association representatives.
  • Founded the All Party Parliamentary Group on Retail & Business Crime calling for:
  • Helped secure part of a £50m package of funding for superfast broadband for 3,000 small businesses in Brighton & Hove.
  • Brought the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP to Hove to meet small business owners locally, and many other Ministers over the five years.
  • Supported local small business by Chairing the All Party Parliamentary Group on Small Shops and running the annual Parliamentary Best Small Shops’ Competition – one of Parliament’s largest competitions.
  • Received the Independent Retailers’ Fellowship Award in recognition for ongoing support for small and independent business.
  • Received the Parliamentary Beer Champion award in January 2014 for being instrumental in securing a cut in beer duty.
  • Hosted Charity Auction Smile Britannia in December 2013 which raised £82,000 for charity and included the auction of a Banksy piece.
  • Hosted Fat Boy Slim playing a ground-breaking DJ set on the House of Commons Terrace as part of the House the House music initiative.
  • Successfully campaigned for the Postponement of the Badger Cull, with support from Queen guitarist, Brian May and Bill Oddie.
  • Served on the Justice Select Committee and the Administration Committee.
  • Was named by the Times as instrumental in supporting calls for an EU Referendum which resulted in the Prime Minister committing to a 2017 Referendum.
  • Successfully campaigned to make squatting in residential properties illegal in 2012 through the Legal Aid, Sentencing & Punishment of Offenders Act and called for an extension of this to protect commercial buildings. The legislation is referred to by campaigners and on Wikipedia as “Weatherley’s Law”.
  • Secured £250,000 funding from Government for the No Second Night Out initiative for Brighton & Hove, raised money for homeless charity Off the Fence, and supported Emmaus on a number of occasions.
  • Supported an increase in the personal allowances for those on low and medium incomes.
  • Supported devolution of powers from central to local government through the Sustainable Communities Act.
  • Founded Parliament’s largest competitions, Rock the House and Film the House, in support of protecting and promoting British Intellectual Property Rights and the creative industries in 2010. The competitions are backed by Orange Amplification, Google, 21st Century Fox, Lionsgate, XFM, Team Rock, PRS for Music and the BPI, the MPAA, Odeon Cinemas and others, and counts Alice Cooper, All Time Low, Bullet for My Valentine, Rick Wakeman, Whitesnake’s Bernie Marsden, Lord Puttnam, Queen’s Brian May among its many Patrons and supporters.
  • Was appointed an Ambassador for Music for All, Attitude is Everything and the Noise Abatement Society.
  • Called successfully for the granting of a 12A rating from the British Board of Film Classification’s to the Hunger Games in March 2012 by acting as an advisory intermediary. The rating allowed the hugely popular trilogy’s film adaption to be seen by thousands of young adults who would have otherwise been excluded had it been given a higher rating.
  • Supported Government allocation of funds from the National Lottery to the UK Film Industry and backed invaluable tax breaks to film-makers which have seen a huge boost in the UK’s film economy.
  • Led opposition to EU Directives which would have seen motorbike riders forced to wear fluorescent clothing and ditch their customised bikes. The protest ride to Brussels included Danny John-Jules (AKA Cat from Red Dwarf).
  • Organised and hosted debate at Hove Town Hall Are Drug Deaths Avoidable? in September 2011 with DrugScope, Sussex Police and many others.
  • Was recognised by the music press as a huge music advocate and featured in articles in Metal Hammer; Classic Rock Magazine, Prog Magazine and the Rush Fanzine for the release of Clockwork Angels.
  • Successfully lobbied Brighton & Hove City Council for the creation of the Connaught School in Hove in 2010.
  • Successfully lobbied Government Ministers in support of the creation of the Brighton Bilingual School.
  • Was one of a group of MPs pledging to not vote for any changes to the Fox Hunting ban, resulting in ‘no change’ for this Parliament
  • Was named ‘MP of the Month’ by Total Politics magazine November 2012 and runner-up twice.
  • Campaigned against Nuclear Power – alas not successfully!
  • Served on the following (and many other) APPGs: British-Danish; Biomass; Bovine Tuberculosis; Film Industry Group; HIV and AIDS; Intellectual Property Group; Leisure Group; Music Education; Music; Performers’ Alliance; School Food; Ticket Abuse; Video Games; Youth Unemployment; Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).
  • Received an ‘above average’ rating for Written parliamentary Questions and ‘above average’ for vote attendances.

Finally, a few quotes:

  • The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport: “Mike has been a passionate and powerful advocate for intellectual property and I would like to play tribute to the role he has played as the Prime Minister’s IP adviser. He has made a whole series of thoughtful recommendations which we have has either already acted upon, or are actively considering. I’d like to thank him for all he has done.”
  • Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Minister for Intellectual Property: “Mike has made a major contribution to the IP agenda over the past year which I, and the IPO, have greatly valued. He has linked the creative industries to Government and promoted a series of imaginative and ground-breaking initiatives. Mike leaves a valuable legacy which will help shape our work for the future.”
  • Carina Bailey, Trading Standards Review: “Mike Weatherley…has risen to become the man who has shaped the course of history for intellectual property (IP) rights in the UK – and beyond. Appointed in 2013 as the first IP adviser to the Prime Minister in parliamentary history, he has written three solid reports on IP rights – with a fourth on the way. These are already influencing policy in such far flung places as Hong Kong and the US, and they inform the debate into how creators’ works are protected in the UK.”
  • Ben Duckworth, Editor – Total Politics: “Mike Weatherley is an immensely popular MP with his backbench colleagues, and there was a deluge of emails supporting him for this issue’s MP of the Month.”
  • The Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Prime Minister: “Your “Copyright Education and Awareness” paper is an excellent report, which highlights the key issues we must tackle to raise the understanding of copyright amongst future generations. I am grateful to you for all the work you have done during your tenure as my Special Advisor on Intellectual Property.”

Mike Calls on ISPs to Stop Hiding Behind EU Directive and Assist More in Fight Against Piracy

Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, and former Intellectual Property Adviser to the Prime Minister, has today published a discussion paper on an EU directive which looks at safe harbour provisions – allowing providers of certain online services in certain circumstances to be exempt from liability for illegal activity which takes place on their service – in the UK and the rest of the EU.

The discussion paper, entitled ‘Safe Harbour Provisions and Online Service Providers’, looks at the background of safe harbour provisions, their perception from various sectors and whether or not the provisions are working for online service providers, rights holders and the individual consumer alike. The relevant Directive is 2000/31/ED. To read the discussion paper in full, click here.

As the Intellectual Property Adviser to the Prime Minister, Mike authored three key IP reports, Search Engines and Piracy, Follow the Money, Education and IP Awareness.

Commenting, Mike said: “As the former Intellectual Property Adviser to the Prime Minister, I felt that it was important to continue to highlight the issues that have grave consequences for our fantastic creative industries.”

Mike added: “The creative industries are huge contributors to our economy so it vital, in order to protect them, that the regulations which were set out in 2000, are updated. The broad scope of the directive results in rights holders losing out to pirates on an industrial scale.”

Brighton and Hove Conservatives Launch Manifesto For 2015 Elections

Brighton and Hove Conservatives tonight (Mar 24th) launched their Manifesto for the 2015 Brighton & Hove City Council Elections.

A Common Sense Council for Brighton & Hove“, unveiled before an audience of Councillors, Candidates and supporters at City College, Brighton, sets out the Party’s key priorities for a Conservative-controlled Brighton & Hove City Council after May 7th.

Key Manifesto highlights include:

The return of a beautiful Brighton, Hove and Portslade:

With a Conservative council, Brighton & Hove will be cleaner and greener: the Conservatives want our city to be beautiful again, including the removal of all graffiti within 24 hours, clean streets free of grime, refuse and litter, and grass verges regularly cut. The Conservatives will restore pride to our wonderful parks and recreation grounds, with the aim of all parks having or retaining Green Flag status.

A reliable refuse and recycling service:

A Conservative controlled council will transform Cityclean into an employee-led and owned mutual organisation. It will increase street sweeping and coordinate it with rubbish collection; streets will be swept immediately after (rather than before) rubbish is collected.

An end to rip off parking charges:

The Conservatives are determined that the reputation Brighton & Hove has gained for ripping off motorists will be ended. A Conservative controlled council will freeze all parking charges for 4 years and reduce the cost of residents’, business, and traders’ parking permits by 10%. Sunday and early evening parking charges will be reviewed with a view to scrapping them if residents and businesses agree.

A great place to do business and create jobs:

A Conservative-run Council will work with Brighton & Hove’s local businesses and schools to ensure our young people are equipped for the jobs of the future. Over 7,000 new apprenticeships have been created in the city since 2010, but there is much more to be done.

Excellent schools near to where you live:

A Conservative Council will drive excellence in our schools with a focus on educational attainment, whatever the background of the child or young person.  Our aim is that, by the end of a Conservative administration, no reception age children will live more than a reasonable walking distance from a good school. We will work with all providers, both locally and nationally, to deliver new secondary school places and a new secondary school for our city.

New homes for local people:

Conservatives believe decent homes are a basic right and we will make all social housing fit for purpose. We will develop an effective administrative service to manage the waiting list for social housing and improve communication with all who are on the list. Priority access to housing support will be given to people with a direct local connection to Brighton & Hove, those in work, the disabled, ex-servicemen and women and those who volunteer in the local community. A Conservative Administration will encourage the building of new homes at appropriate locations within the city: at least 1,000 new affordable homes will be built.

Tough action against unauthorised traveller encampments:

We will not tolerate unauthorised camping by travellers, van dwellers or anyone else on public roads and our open spaces. We will work with the Police and other agencies to enforce the law at all times. At present it feels like the needs and wishes of the existing, settled community are not being listened to. This is something we will rectify.

Your Council Tax will not go up under a Conservative Administration:

A Conservative Council will pursue a rigorous Value for Money programme, pioneered by the last Conservative administration, one shown by independent experts to be capable of delivering substantial savings whilst protecting frontline services.

Commenting at the Manifesto launch, Brighton & Hove City Council Conservative Group Leader, Councillor Geoffrey Theobald OBE, said:

“On Thursday 7th May 2015 the country will go to the polls. ln Brighton & Hove, you also have the opportunity to vote for a Conservative-run Council which will concentrate on providing good quality, cost effective services for residents.  We will no longer be known as the City of Protest.  A Conservative-run City Council will not just talk about a clean and green environment – we will deliver it. Valley Gardens will be transformed, Black Rock redeveloped, the King Alfred rebuilt and new public open spaces created. We invite you to elect hard working, committed Conservative Councillors across Brighton & Hove so we can together make the City a better place.”

ENDS


Click here to download a copy of the manifesto.

For further information please contact:

Brighton & Hove Conservative Association: office@brightonandhoveconservatives.com

01273 945757

Cllr Geoffrey Theobald OBE:  geoffrey.theobald@brighton-hove.gcsx.gov.uk

01273 291195

 

Copies of the Manifesto will be available for distribution to media attending the launch news conference.

Mike Campaign for Harmonisation of Online/Offline Criminal Penalties Successful

Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, and former Intellectual Property Adviser to the Prime Minister, is delighted that his campaign for penalties for crime committed online to be recognised as the same as offline crime has been successful, as the findings of a Government-backed, evidenced-based review of the disparity between physical and online crimes are published.

Mike has been consistently highlighting the importance for physical and online offences to be harmonised (He called for this in Parliament on 12th March 2014 and in his report, Follow the Money: Financial Options To Assist In The Battle Against Online Piracy, available here.), as he believes that the current disparity helps facilitate the view that breaking the law when it relates to an online item is not as serious.

While a review may mean reducing the penalties for physical offences, Mike believes that a reasoned balance should be struck and the penalties the same for both types of crime.

The newly published report, entitled Penalty Fair? – was commissioned by the Intellectual Property Office in order to provide an evidence-based view on whether the criminal sanctions for copyright infringement available under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (CDPA 1988) are currently proportionate and correct, or whether they should be amended. To read the report in full, click here.

Commenting, Mike said: “I am extremely delighted that my campaign to have this legalisation addressed has been successful. It is encouraging that evidence shows the need for legislation to change in order to harmonise penalties for physical and online offences. I want to thank my colleague the Rt Hon David Willets and his team for their work on this issue and trust that the IPO will see the necessary changes through in the next Parliament.”

Mike added: “Bringing about this change has required significant pressure on Government, but I am pleased that this report once again entrenches the fact that the UK is leading the way on IP enforcement. I hope that the Government after the next election will ensure that the recommendations in the report are adopted and that overdue changes in legislation are on the horizon. Additionally, I believe that the introduction of an IP Director General would hugely benefit the UK and be an important figure for international IP collaboration.”

In a letter to Mike, Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Minister for Intellectual Property, said: “I am writing to update you on the study commissioned by the Intellectual Property Officer into criminal sanctions available for online copyright offences. I know that you have taken a keen interest in this matter and that you have pressed for action to be taken to address what you felt was an anomaly in the level of penalties available for online copyright offences.

“Given the uncertainty surrounding the potential impact brought by the increase to custodial sentences, the Government agreed to commission an independent review of the issue. In assessing the need to amend legislation, researchers have since analysed a range of a conviction data, consulted with a range of stake holders, and considered the impact of recent interventions in this area.

“The report points towards there being some logic to increasing custodial sentences for serious online copyright offences. However it does emphasise the need for appropriate safeguards to endure ordinary members of the public, whose copying is not motivated by criminal intent, are not inadvertently caught by any amended provision.”

Conservatives express disappointment at council tax and parking charge hikes

Cllr. Geoffrey Theobald OBE

Cllr. Geoffrey Theobald OBE

Conservatives have said that residents will suffer as a result of the Budget agreed by Labour, Green and UKIP councillors at last night’s Council meeting.

As a result of the Budget agreement, which the Conservatives voted against, residents will not only have a council tax rise 7 times the rate of inflation, but will also see increases in parking charges of up to 100%. Traders and businesses will also see the cost of their parking permits increase significantly, as Conservative efforts to have them frozen were voted down by Labour and the Greens.

Conservatives once again moved their council tax freeze budget but this was voted down by Labour, Green and UKIP councillors.

Conservative Group Leader, Cllr. Geoffrey Theobald, said: “It is incredibly disappointing that, despite our council tax freeze budget getting the highest number of votes last Thursday, the Labour Party – the smallest Group on the Council – was still unwilling to compromise and work with us last night to deliver the freeze in council tax and parking charges that residents, visitors and businesses in the city so desperately want.”

“It is so depressing, though completely predictable, that Labour and the Greens have abandoned full reform and modernisation of Cityclean, restructuring of senior management and the Assistant Chief Executive’s service and reductions in the Council’s communications budget which, if agreed, would have as good as delivered the extra £900k savings required to claim the £1.2 million Government grant to enable us to freeze council tax. None of these extra savings would have had a negative impact on crucial frontline services and indeed, in the case of Cityclean, it would have considerably improved them. Yesterday was a sad day for the city and, once again, the two left wing parties have united, this time in an unholy alliance with UKIP, to frustrate the structural reform that this Council so desperately requires.”

Mike Praises Local Children’s Book Shop

Small Shop Awards

Mike Weatherley, Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has praised local children’s book shop, The Book Nook, based in First Avenue in Hove, after it was shortlisted for the Best Small Shops Award, a UK-wide competition held in Parliament.

Mike recently attended a reception in the House of Commons for the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Small Shops with Julie Ward, Co-owner of the local institution. For more information on The Book Nook, which offers books for all ages from birth to teenage fiction, visit www.booknookuk.com.

Commenting, Mike said: “I was absolutely delighted that the fantastic Book Nook was shortlisted for this prestigious award. Their nomination is well-deserved. The Book Nook is an incredible shop in the heart of Hove and so I would encourage parents to pop along with their children to see the wonderful collection of books that are available.”

Julie Ward, Co-owner of The Book Nook, added: “We are very proud to be shortlisted and be one of the top 20 small shops in the country. We would like to thank all of our customers for their support as they helped make this possible.”

Photo caption: Mike is pictured with Julie Ward and her mother, Muriel Ward.

Conservatives urge Labour Party to back council tax freeze

Conservatives are urging the Labour Party to back them in supporting a council tax freeze for residents after this emerged as the most popular budget option with councillors at last night’s Budget Council meeting, which ended in stalemate.

In the substantive vote on the 3 Budget options, 17 councillors voted for a council tax freeze with just 13 councillors each voting for a 2% increase and a 5.9% increase.

Conservatives are also calling on Independent member Christina Summers and UKIP member Leigh Farrow, who voted against all 3 proposals last night, to back the freeze in order to pass a lawful Budget when the Council reconvenes next Tuesday (3rd March).

Conservative Group Leader, Cllr. Geoffrey Theobald said: “It was clear last night that the council tax freeze option had the greatest amount of support amongst members of the Council. I, therefore, feel very strongly that it is incumbent upon Labour Group members in particular to compromise when we meet again next week to try and set a lawful Budget. Labour’s 2% increase proposal would only raise an extra £900k – a tiny fraction of the Council’s overall £750 million budget – after taking into account the council tax freeze grant from the Government of £1.2 million. And as I pointed out at last night’s meeting, a 2% increase would be 7 times the current rate of inflation – at a time when most household bills are falling, this is simply not justifiable. I urge the Labour Group, the smallest political Group on the Council, to compromise and help us deliver what the residents of this city clearly want – a council tax freeze. ”

Mike Welcomes New Government Amendment on Secondary Ticketing

Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, and co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Secondary Ticketing, has been campaigning hard against excessive ‘ticket touting’ and welcomed the new position on Secondary Ticketing as the Government publishes its new amendment to the Consumer Rights Bill.

Mike, former Intellectual Property Adviser to the Prime Minister, has consistently advocated that those putting on an event should have their wishes respected if they want an entry price to be capped. Live music and other live events are a vital contributors to the economy and the cultural well-being of society. Mike has on many occasions made the case that the current ticketing arrangements do not operate in the interests of fans or organisers, and that legislation was required to protect our vibrant live cultural economy to the benefit of us all.

The amendment, once enacted, will:

  • Provide greater transparency for fans, with the following details required to be provided by resellers: Seat number or standing information, if any restrictions apply (Student price or under 18), face value.
  • Compel the Secretary of State to review measures relating to Secondary Ticketing in 12 months and report to Parliament.
  • Put a duty on ticket resellers to report criminal activity.

Commenting, Mike said: “This has been a long standing campaign by the APPG to get some overdue changes in place. The free market system has broken down due to the introduction of ‘bots’ and other factors, enabling, on occasions, obscene profiteering for intermediaries against the interest of fans and the wishes of those putting on the event. I am pleased that the Government has recognised the importance of regulation with regard to Secondary Ticketing, which will be to the benefit of us all.”

Mike added: “While the new amendment does not cover every change that we had hoped for, it is an important step in the right direction. I believe that the report on this issue, that will now become mandatory and be delivered to Parliament in the next 12 months, is important and look forward to seeing if further changes need to made in the future.”