Ukie welcomes new government and plans for new Parliament
Today Ukie welcomed the new Conservative government and set out our plans to work with new MPs and ministers to make the UK the best place in the world to make and sell games.
Ukie CEO Dr Jo Twist said:
"There was strong backing for the games industry from all the major parties going into this election and we are delighted to welcome the return to Parliament of some real champions of the games industry. In particular, it's great to see Chris White MP, Chair of the Video Games All-Party Parliamentary Group, Luciana Berger MP and Justin Tomlinson MP, the Group's two Vice Chairs, back in the Commons. They understand the contribution of games to the economy and our asks around exports, support and promoting talent."
"The previous Coalition government, and the championing of the sector by Ed Vaizey MP in particular, made great strides with tax breaks and skills, and we look forward to continuing our work with new Conservative ministers."
"It was also good to see the number of women MPs rise by a third."
Ukie is starting the biggest programme of political engagement we’ve ever undertaken so we can build the best relationships with new MPs and ministers:
- identifying all the new MPs representing the games clusters identified by our work with Nesta and forging local links with Ukie members
- contacting new MPs ministers and arranging studio visits so they can see the games industry first hand
- conducting major policy research about the industry, based on real evidence and data, and presenting this at a series of high profile political events
- educating all MPs about the games industry in the UK, and explaining how this new government can take further steps to help us fulfil all our promise as the blueprint for a digital economy
We will also be working with the new government on the European Commission's Digital Single Market strategy launched 6th May to ensure that the UK and Europe remains competitive and the best place to do business.
Monday UPDATE: read about important new ministrerial appointments in the business and culture portfolios here.