Andrew Gwynne, Member of Parliament for Denton and Reddish, has been asked to become an honorary Vice President of the Local Government Association (LGA).
The LGA is the national membership body for local authorities in England and Wales. The core membership of the group comprises 315 of the 317 councils in England and includes district, county, metropolitan and unitary authorities along with London boroughs and the City of London Corporation.
The LGA was formed as a cross-party organisation working on behalf of councils to ensure local government has a strong, credible voice within national government. Every year, the four political groups at the LGA invite parliamentary representatives from the House of Commons and the House of Lords to serve as vice presidents. The current President of the LGA is the crossbench peer and former Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson.
Gwynne, a long-time advocate for local government and former Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, said he was ‘delighted’ to be asked to become the group’s Vice President.
As Vice President, Gwynne will work with the LGA to deliver better outcomes for local communities and help scrutinise policy and legislation.
Commenting, Andrew Gwynne said:
“I’m really humbled and delighted to have been asked to become a Vice President of the Local Government Association.
“As someone who started out as a local councillor before becoming a Member of Parliament, I know how vital local government is to communities right across the country.
“I feel very passionately that local government should have a voice in Parliament, and that parliamentarians of all stripes should work closely with groups like the LGA to ensure communities get the very best outcomes.”