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Your Voice In Government – Louise Ellman Lunchtime Briefing July 14, 2008

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On Friday 12 September, local MP Louise Ellman will be at the Chamber to hear your views and concerns. Louise has just been appointed Chair of the Transport Select Committee and so has an important influence on many of the issues close to many members’ hearts.

As well as having a chance to put your opinions directly to Louise Ellman, this event is also an excellent opportunity to network with fellow chamber members.

Last quarter’s briefing  was particularly well attended. A variety of issues were raised including the West Coast Main Line, Worklessness and Congestion Charging – and a lively and constructive debate ensued! We were pleased to note that Louise raised the issue of worklessness in the House of Commons after our discussions in early June.

This is an excellent opportunity for Chamber members to make their views heard in government.

If you would like to attend this event or for further details, please contact Esther Sumner either by phone 0151 227 1234 or email esther.sumner@liverpoolchamber.org.uk. Bookings can also be made via the Chamber website.

The event costs £15 to attend, and includes a networking lunch.

Your Chance To Lobby Louise Ellman, MP November 20, 2007

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Louise Ellman MPAs part of the Chamber’s belief that businesses views need to be heard by politicians – and the best people to put across those views are business people themselves – Liverpool Chamber regularly hosts meeting with local MPs.

Louise Ellman, as MP for Riverside covering the city centre, has always shown great interest in the issues facing business will be meeting businesses on Friday 7th December.

Issues raised are under Chatham House rules (i.e. anything discussed cannot be attributed to an individual) and the Chamber’s policy team use the comments made to inform future lobbying.

The meeting takes place 11.00 a.m – 12.30 (Lunch included) in Council Chamber, Liverpool Chamber of Commerce.

Member cost – £12.50, non-member cost – £12.50. Numbers are strictly limited so if you wish to attend please contact nicky.lunt@liverpoolchamber.org.uk or call 0151 227 1234 x 2237.

You can also book your place online.

Louise Ellman Briefing June 14, 2007

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Louise Ellman MPLast week, Louise Ellman MP held one of her regular briefings for members. She began the meeting with a brief update of her activities both locally and in the House.

The first question from members was around the issue of air passenger duty which has been blamed for having an adverse effect on some air routes out of LJLA, and giving a negative image of the city which is seen not to be able to support these key routes.

The second was about the proposed removal of rate relief on vacant properties.  While Liverpool is moving away from grant supported development, the property market is still fragile and these proposals could be potentially damaging for the city.

Louise explained that while the legislation was designed to address abuses its could work against some businesses, and Louise promised to pursue this .

The next question concerned improved rail links to between south Wirral, Cheshire and North Wales and Liverpool City Centre and airport. The issue had extensive time around the planning proposals and use of the Halton Curve was raised. Louise urged interested parties to keep lobbying and she outlined the benefit that the draft Local Transport Bill will bring with suggested improvements to local transport governance.

The next question covered an update of the current Planning White Paper that has been designed to speed the planning process of large scale national schemes, while the domestic threshold will be raised for small scale projects. On the whole, this appears to be a positive change in legislation for the business community.

The decision to re-locate Business Link in Preston was questioned in the AOB section as was availability of MPs for businesses located in other constituencies, the Chamber will pursue the option of holding a larger scale meeting involving more Members of Parliament .

The next meeting will take place on 28 September, questions can be submitted in advance to steve.pearse@liverpoolchamber.org.uk