You don’t normally think of MPs and clubbing; imagining Nicholas Soames giving it some in Fabric isn’t exactly an picture you can easily get out of your head. But MPs are currently investigating how the night time economy has been affected by coronavirus (hint: it’s entirely shut) and will use their research to make suggestions to the government as the country recovers from COVID. And it’s your last chance to have your say before the consultation period ends this month.
It’s not often that we report on the workings of All-Party Parliamentary Groups, they’re part of the arcane workings of our democracy that generally don’t get a second look, groups of MPs looking into very specific, usually very dull, things in a hope of informing policy fomentation. Which is a sentence as boring as the process generally is. But this time if affects us, and in true NIMBY fashion we’re here to say this actually IIMBY and we want our say!
So The All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Night Time Economy (catchy, huh?) is looking into how coronavirus has affected London’s nightlife, and wants to help figure out how venues might safely open again as well as looking at what nightclubs and nightlife mean to us and how they affect us.
From the 'no spray, no lay' guy to the owner of Ministry of Sound...
To achieve this they want to gather the opinions of as many people as possible, from bartenders and mixologists to DJs and promoters, from the ‘no spray, no lay’ guy to the owner of Ministry of Sound. And they also want to hear from us, club goers and contributers to the ‘night time economy’ (which really does sound seedier the more times I write it).
The cross-party group of MPs and Lords is chaired by Labour MP and former events manager and DJ Jeff Smith and the aim is to close the survey at the end of January and crunch all the data into some findings in February.
The government plans to set out a clear roadmap out of lockdown and to a 'normal' economy again on 22nd February...
Given Boris yesterday announced that the government plans to set out a clear roadmap out of lockdown and to a ‘normal’ economy again on 22nd February, the hope is clearly that the The All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Night Time Economy will be able to help advise the government as its thoughts turn to nightclubs and the so-called night time economy.
To add your voice and help the group’s research, just log onto the Night Time Industries Association website, where they’re directing traffic for the APPG and add your comments, thoughts and answers and help support an industry we all appreciate and rely on.