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MPs join CIOB conference events

14 September 2018

Helen Hays (left) and Richard Harrington will be attending CIOB conference events

The CIOB is hosting four high-profile events during the political party conference season

During the Labour conference, Helen Hayes (above left), member of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee, will appear alongside fellow Labour MP Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods on 24 September to discuss skills, diversity and the built environment.

This event is being jointly hosted by the CIOB, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). Other speakers include: Chithra Marsh, associate director for Buttress Architects and Dr Claire Handby, director at Deloitte Real Estate.

On the morning of 25 September, at an event in conjunction with New Statesman, shadow chief secretary to the Treasury Peter Dowd will join a round table on best value from construction investment.

On 30 September, at the Conservative conference in Birmingham, there will be a private round table in the ConservativeHome marquee in partnership with RIBA, RICS and RTPI, and on 2 October, CIOB and New Statesman will look at how to obtain best value from construction with Richard Harrington (above right), parliamentary under-secretary at BEIS, alongside clients and contractors.

Chris Blythe, chief executive of the CIOB, said: “The construction industry has rarely had a higher profile in this country following the recent stories about the quality and impact of the built environment. It’s therefore arguably never been more important for the sector’s professional bodies to join together to make policymakers aware of the issues – raising standards, focusing on quality, examining the skills we have within in the industry – and will need in the future.

“We’re going to take these opportunities to talk about, among other things, the skills, knowledge and professionalism of our members and their work to ensure the highest standards are met in the built environment.”

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