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APRIL 27, 2006

Showing the politicians

The Motorsport Industry Association is to bring a group of politicians to the British Grand Prix in June to underline the importance of the sport to Britain.

"It is vital that our country's leaders see first-hand what a major part Britain plays in this ultra-competitive environment," said Chris Aylett, the head of the MIA. "They need to appreciate the unrivalled level of expertise Motorsport Valley has to offer and thereby appreciate the need for ongoing investment in our industry."

The group will come from the All Party Parliamentary Motor Group, a group of MPs from the various political parties which exists to promote dialogue between politicians, industry, vehicle users and other stakeholders interested in transport policy regarding all issues surrounding the automotive, engineering and motorsports industries. The group is led by Richard Burden MP, a Labour politician who is currently a special advisor on motorsport to the Minister of Sport Richard Caborn. The membership includes Peter Hain, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Secretary of State for Wales, Conservatives Lord Astor of Hever, former minister Michael Jack and Lord Montagu of Beaulieu and Liberal Democrat Lord Steel of Aikwood.