Parliamentary activity
The Alliance met with five Parliamentarians during July:

12th July:
  • Martyn Day MP, Vice Chair of the Food and Health APPG
  • Simon Hoare MP, Vice Chair of the Dairy APPG
  • Heather Wheeler, Chair of the Dairy APPG

(Heather Wheeler has since been promoted to Assistant Government Whip following Theresa May’s reshuffle, with Simon Hoare becoming Chair of the Dairy APPG).
13th July:
  • Nic Dakin MP, former Shadow Education Minister
  • Julie Elliott MP, Vice-Chair of the Fit and Healthy Childhood APPG
We are currently seeking to re-arrange five meetings for after the summer Parliamentary recess; these were delayed due to the political disruption which resulted from the EU referendum outcome and the subsequent Labour and Conservative leadership elections.

  • Diana Johnson MP, Vice Chair of the School Food APPG
  • Andrew Gywnne MP, former Shadow Public Health Minister
  • Office of Sharon Hodgson MP, Chair of the School Food APPG
  • Office of Rishi Sunak MP, Member of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee
  • Lord Lexden, peer with interest in school milk
We have secured the tabling of a total of four parliamentary questions over the last month. Two were tabled by Conservative MP Simon Hoare on the Eatwell Guide and one each by Labour MP Julie Elliot and SNP MP Martyn Day on the European School Milk Scheme.

Additionally, we received answers to four written questions which had previously been tabled on the Eatwell guide – three from Simon Hoare and one from Labour MP Kevin Brennan.

We have been continuing to work to secure a date for a drop-in event in November and are pleased to note that Labour MP Nic Dakin has agreed in principle to sponsor this event. We will look to finalise a date for this ASAP.

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