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RHA in the heart of Westminster

Following on from the success of the reception for members of the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood last week, the Road Haulage Association has held another extremely well attended event, this time at Westminster.

Over 60 guests were in attendance including Association Chairman Willie Oliver, Board members representing the membership from all regions within the Association, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Theresa Villiers, Shadow Transport Ministers Stephen Hammond and Julian Brazier. Also present was Opposition Whip Earl Attlee, Transport speaker in the House of Lords.

"This was another success for the Association," said RHA Chief Executive Roger King. "Once again. we have been able to get the message over in a clear, succinct manner and from the feedback we have already received, those present certainly listened to, and were interested in what we had to say.

"The prime object of the evening was to get over the message about fuel duty and unfair competition from foreign operators thus building on our letter campaign to MPs and MSPs. and this we most certainly did. But it was also extremely gratifying to answer questions on many other areas of concern to the industry, including secure parking for HGVs and the on-going problems faced by our international members; primarily the continuing problems caused by illegal immigrants.

"On the basis of the questions being asked in the both the Scottish Parliament and Westminster, and the interest shown in the answers, this was lobbying with effect!" concluded Roger King.

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