Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has today been announced as the new Chair of the Greater Manchester All-Party Parliamentary Group.
All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) are cross-party groups of MPs and Peers who work together on issues of interest.
Gywnne was elected unopposed, with the backing former Chair of the Group Lucy Powell MP, who steps back from the role due to shadow frontbench commitments, and fellow Greater Manchester Parliamentarians Afzal Khan, Jonathan Reynolds, Jim McMahon and Lord Andrew Stunell.
Powell has served as the Chair of the GM APPG since its inception and will continue to be heavily involved in the group; staying on as Vice Chair after steering one of the most effective APPGs in Parliament since its inception.
Levelling-up is next on the Greater Manchester APPG’s agenda, with meetings announced in due course.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“This is a great honour and I am delighted to take the Chair and with the support of all our MPs, I promise to make Greater Manchester’s voice heard loud and clear in Westminster.
“It’s time to bridge the gaps and level up our towns and cities.”
Lucy Powell MP (Manchester Central) said:
“Congratulations to Andrew on being elected Chair of the Greater Manchester APPG.
“It’s a role I have thoroughly enjoyed and I look forward to continuing to support the group and championing the big issues facing Greater Manchester.”