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all-change at westminster
Steven Ward,
the FIA’s director
of public affairs and
policy, reports on
the likely impact
of a dramatic
turnover of MPs
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t’s a problem that’s causing
concern across the policy
community: the next election is
going to lead to a turnover of as
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PICTURE:
of the laws of the land.
Factors such as the expenses scandal, The next election will lead to a turnover of as many as 40 per cent of MPs
the need to declare second jobs and
the general age profi le of the average in what remains a challenging economic fattening population, and this demographic
MP, combined with an unstable political environment. However, for areas of trend makes our industry important,
mood, are leading to the largest policy such as ours – where issues of not just now but for decades to come.
turnover of MPs for over a decade. Thus obesity, physical activity and prevention Coupled with the need to deliver a legacy
far, 138 members of parliament, possibly form our major policy hook – what from 2012, there’s much to be done.
rising to 200, have already announced guarantee is there that the new breed
that they will retire at the next election. will understand the gravity of the advance party
There are predictions that a further problems we proclaim to help solve? The FIA team started work early to get a
100 might follow them thanks to the What guarantee that our causes will sneak preview of who the possible future
‘political swing’ of voter intentions, not be dismissed as part of the ‘nanny MPs might be, and to encourage a smooth
which could lead to could lead to a state’, with a spotlight shone on them transition. Almost 12 months ago, we
large number of seats changing hands. as a target for the fi rst swathes of the began tracking retiring MPs, identifying
Whoever comes out the overall winner impending fi scal cuts? This is of course key swing seats and researching the likely
on 6 May, and with whatever majority, unknown for everyone in the policy winners in each area. We’ve built up an
it’s safe to say that there will be a lot of fi eld, whatever their focus may be. overview of the 250 most likely future
new faces around Westminster. What we do know is that the nation is MPs, their interests and their local
There’s nothing wrong with handing facing a public health crisis and whoever support structure.
over the keys to the next generation forms the next government will have We then contacted them with a survey
– a group of people untainted by the to settle in quickly and set to work on to begin to establish their views on the
scandals of recent times and with a tackling the rise in lifestyle diseases. The areas close to our heart. The survey
mandate to move the country forward fact is, we have an ageing, sickening and questions Prospective Parliamentary
Candidates (PPCs) on a broad range of
topics, from how they stay healthy to
how healthy the nation is and what they
Will our causes be dismissed
intend to do get the nation healthy.
as part of the ‘nanny state’
With the support of Technogym, we
will be publishing a full report on the
and targeted in fiscal cuts?
fi ndings. They make interesting reading
and provide a unique insight into the
benchmark we’re presented with by
leisureopportunities
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