Political Update

Following Government being dissolved last November, preceding the General Election, all APPGs (All Party Parliamentary Groups) were dissolved as well. Now with the new Government being formed, the Hair and Barber Council and BABTAC attended the Palace of Westminster last Wednesday 15th January, where I am delighted to announce that our industry APPG has been reinstated as an official All Party Parliamentary Group.

Following a formal AGM, MPs cross party voted to reinstate the group where John McNally MP and Christina Rees MP were voted in as Co-Chairs. Once the AGM affairs were completed, we discussed, with a now more stable Government for the next five years, the platform and main strategy for the Hair and Barber Council and BABTAC, was to fast track our campaign to have our current voluntary Act of Parliament amended to mandatory, whilst adding 'Beauty' into the body of the Act.

With the AGM completed, there followed a presentation from Tom Chapman and
Dan Davies from The Lions Barber Collective on what their charity is doing to support mental health awareness, loneliness and suicide prevention in our industry. It was a fascinating presentation, totally supported by the MPs that attended, with many offers of support resulting from the amazing work the Lions are doing for the industry.

An excellent day, and some great positivity for moving forward in 2020!

Keith Conniford

Registrar, The Hair and Barber Council