The Club are pleased to welcome former Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Listed Buildings. As the MP for the Cumbrian seat of Westmorland and Lonsdale, his constituency includes 2377 listed buildings. While he has only sat on the backbenches since leaving the leadership, he is still an influential figure in the party and we are glad to have him on board.
As a churchgoer, Farron has certainly had more contact with listed buildings than many of his colleagues, but his interest may be shaped more by his family history. Growing up in Preston, surrounded by grand industrial revolution architecture certainly will have impressed on him the need to protect historic buildings.
Farron joins over 57 of his parliamentary colleagues in the APPG on Listed Properties, which is working in Westminster to help owners protect their listed homes. We’re particularly glad to see another figure from outside of the major parties join, showing that listed buildings are not party political and really do impact the whole nation.
The APPG on Listed Properties is a key part of the Club’s lobbying work in Westminster. The APPG is a body made up of MPs from all parties who support listed properties and their owners. The Club works as the secretariat of the group, and help MPs to understand the issues and target their support for owners.
You can write to your MP and ask them to join the APPG, or contact your AM or MSP and ask them to raise your issues in Cardiff or Holyrood. If you would like some advice on how to do this, you can contact our dedicated Campaign Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or request our Guide to Lobbying Government by calling the Club on 01795 844939.
To read the full story, see the latest issue of Listed Heritage, the Club’s 150 page bi-monthly magazine. Every issue includes a dedicated section on our lobbying efforts, as well as news, features and technical guidance from across the heritage sector.
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