APPG on Retail Crime
Set up in May 2018, the purpose of this all-party parliamentary group (APPG) is to highlight the cost of retail crime to the high street (£600m a year), improve understanding of how this type of crime affects small businesses and what impact incidents of retail crime will have on our high streets if left unchecked.
Figures show that shop theft was up 11% between 2016-17, which is three times higher than in 2007-08.
The NFRN is proud to be the secretariat for the APPG on Retail Crime.
MPs given first-hand insight into impact of retail crime
The issue of retail crime came to Westminster on 14 May 2018 as NFRN NEC members led by then National President Linda Sood attended the inaugural meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Retail Crime.
Chaired by Wimbledon MP Stephen Hammond and supported by colleagues from across the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the group intends to raise the awareness of the problem of retail crime amongst members of parliament and to encourage the government to take action to protect retailers and their businesses.
The meeting heard Mrs Sood describe the scale and the impact of retail crime on independent retailers before those present, which included MPs from government and opposition parties, discussed their experiences of retail crime and what the APPG can do to raise tackle the issues.
Linda Sood said after the meeting: “We are delighted that so many MPs attended the meeting or indicated their support for independent retailers. It was clear from those present that there is a clear desire amongst MPs to raise this issue with government ministers.”
The NFRN has agreed to act as the secretariat to the Group and a work programme is being drawn up.
Crime minister sets out aims to retail crime APPG – January 2019
Crime minister Victoria Atkins further outlined the ways she hopes to address instances of growing retail crime when she attended the January meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Retail Crime.
Appearing in front of the group, which is now chaired by Labour MP Steve McCabe, Mrs Atkins answered questions around the government’s intention to hold a call for evidence of violence and abuse towards shops workers. The minister also announced funding for targeted communications to raise awareness of existing legislation and said the National Retail Crime Steering Group, of which the NFRN is a member, would be focused on finding ways to tackle this area of violence.
Twin track approach for All Party Retail Crime Group – October 2018
The second meeting of the recently formed All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Retail Crime chaired by Wimbledon MP Stephen Hammond took place in October when it was agreed a twin-track approach will be taken to raise awareness of the physical and verbal abuse that retailers can be subject to when selling age restricted products and to campaign against the alarming policy adopted by an increasing number of police forces that means they will no longer investigate shop thefts when the goods are worth less than £200.
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Officers of the APPG
Chair of the APPG: Steve McCabe MP
Steve McCabe has been a Birmingham MP since 1997. He was born and brought up in Port Glasgow. He trained as a social worker and worked with young offenders before moving to Wolverhampton, and has spent most of his life in Birmingham. He also lectured and was an Adviser for CCETSW before he became an MP.
As a councillor Mr McCabe was responsible for the award-winning South Birmingham Study where local residents won the battle against an unnecessary road building programme.
At Westminster he has continued his interest in social care but also concentrated on his other passion: police; security; and community safety.He was Charles Clarke’s PPS at the Department of Education and at the Home Office and spent several years as a Government Whip where as Lord Commissioner he signed for Northern Rock at the height of the banking crisis.
Since the 2010 election he has served on the Home Affairs Select Committee and Labour’s Parliamentary Committee. From 2013-2015 Mr McCabe served as the Shadow Minister for Children and Families.
Following the 2015 election, Steve became a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee which he joined because of his view that we need new models of welfare if we are to preserve the essence of the Welfare State.
Steve thoroughly enjoys representing constituents as the MP for Birmingham Selly Oak. He tells it like it is and stands up for his constituents. You might not always agree with him but he’ll listen and he’ll be straight.
Vice Chair of the APPG: David Drew MP
David Drew was born in Gloucestershire, and attended the University of Nottingham where he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics in 1974 and the University of Birmingham where he qualified as a teacher and received his Postgraduate Certificate in Education in 1976. He studied for a master’s degree at the Bristol Polytechnic, gaining an MA in historical studies in 1988. He was awarded a Master of Education from the University of the West of England in 1994. He had a career in education from 1976 to his election to parliament but remains a member of the University and College Union.
Mr Drew was elected as a councillor for the Stevenage Borough Council in Hertfordshire for a year in 1981, and was elected as a councillor for the Stroud District Council in 1987, where he served until 1995. He was also elected to the Stonehouse Town Council in 1987. To make the collection of tiers of local government complete, he was elected as a councillor on the Gloucestershire County Council in 1992, stepping down on his election to Parliament. He was elected as the secretary to the Stroud Constituency Labour Party for a year in 1992. He has also been a member of UNISON since 1990.
He lost his seat in 2010, but successfully returned to the Commons he was appointed as Shadow Farming and Rural Affairs Minister on 3 July 2017 by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Vice Chair of the APPG: Rt Hon Jeffrey Donaldson MP
In 1985 Jeffrey Donaldson was elected aged 22 to the Northern Ireland Assembly, with the distinction of being the youngest person to win a seat at Stormont with a majority of some 15,000 votes. Throughout this period he also served as Personal Assistant to the then leader of the UUP, the Rt Hon James Molyneaux MP. In 1988 he was elected Honorary Secretary of the Ulster Unionist Council and in 2000 was elected Vice President of the Council.
Following the retirement of Lord Molyneaux, he was selected as Ulster Unionist candidate for the former leader’s Lagan Valley constituency, which in the May 1997 election he won with a majority of 16,925 votes.
In May 2005 he served as the DUP Spokesperson on Home Office and Defence matters during his third term in the House of Commons, and after being re-elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 2007, he became Chairman of the Assembly and Executive Review Committee and Leader of the DUP team on the Northern Ireland Policing Board. At the same time, he was appointed by the Prime Minister to serve as a member of Her Majesty’s Privy Council, which provides advice to the Sovereign on matters of state.
After the election in 2010, Mr Donaldson was reappointed as Party spokesperson on Defence and Energy matters, became the Party’s spokesperson on victim issues and has been a member of the UK delegation to the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly where he sits on the Social Affairs and Political Affairs committees.
Vice Chair of the APPG: Damien Moore MP
Damien Moore was born in Workington in Cumbria on 26 April 1980. A product of the state school system, Damien attended Stainburn School in Workington before graduating with an Upper Second Class Degree in History at the University of Central Lancashire. He worked in various roles in the retail sector, gaining promotion to be a retail manager for Asda.
Mr Moore was first elected as a councillor for the Conservative Party on Preston City Council on the 3 May 2010 for the Greyfriars Ward, winning by a large majority. He was re-elected with an increased majority on the 5 May 2016 and served as deputy leader of the Conservative group on the Council and as Chairman of the Preston Conservative Association.
Damien achieved a swing of 7.6% from the Liberal Democrats to take the Southport in the 2017 general election, becoming the first Conservative MP for the seat since 1997. The election also left him as the only Conservative MP in Merseyside.
Mr Moore advocated his support for Britain leaving the European Union in the run up to being elected as an MP and has voted for cutting ties with the EU consistently since becoming an MP.
On 11 September 2017, Damien Moore was appointed to the Petitions Committee. The committee assists members of the public in raising issues directly. Since January 2018 he has also served on the Science and Technology Committee.
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