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ICE gears up for party conference season

The ICE will be joining forces with consultants, contractors materials providers and training bodies to represent construction at the coming political party conferences later this month.

The alliance comprises the ICE, the Association for Consultancy & Engineering, the Civi Engineering Contractors Association the Construction Products Association and Construction Skills.

It will be holding receptions at each of the main party conferences, which will be attended by politicians, party members, business and industry leaders.

Each reception will promote the idea of infrastructure investment - something the ICE and its partners have been stressing to the government ahead of October’s Comprehensive Spending Review.

High profile

The “Infrastructure for Growth “events will feature high profile speakers including business secretary Vince Cable and All Party Parliamentary Group for Infrastructure (APPGI) vice chair Lord Chidgey at the Liberal Democrat conference on 19 September.

Former construction ministerNick Raynsford plus APPGI chair and Lord Berkeley will speak at the Labour party reception on 27 September. APPGI vice-chair Mark Garnier and local government minister Bob
Neill will be confirmed for the Conservative party conference event on 5 October.

ICE director general Tom Foulkes said: “I am delighted to see a group of influential engineering and construction organisations unite to represent industry at these important political events.

“These are pivotal times and the opportunities for engineering and construction to make a positive contribution to government thinking and economic recovery are growing.”

  • For further information contact ICE senior public affairs executive Vernon Hunte on 0207 665 2265 or email

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