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Odgers Berndtson Stages Chemical and Process Industries Dinner

26 September 2013

Odgers Berndtson Stages Chemical and Process Industries Dinner

Odgers Berndtson brought together some of the UK’s leading figures in the Chemical and Process industries for its latest high profile event which took place earlier this month at Wynyard Hall in Stockton South.

The dinner, which was called “The EU Referendum Bill”, included a keynote speech from
James Wharton who is MP for Stockton South. James then led a round-table discussion on the EU Referendum Bill which provided an opportunity for guests to debate its potential impact on the sector.

A number of issues were tackled including how private members bills get introduced into Parliament and that referendums on key issues are becoming more common. However, the main theme was specifically on the EU and the prevailing view in the room was that the mandate of the British people on whether we should be a member of the EU needs renewing.

There was also some debate around whether the right depth of information would be made available to enable the British people to make an informed decision. The general consensus was that the ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ arguments will be two polar opposite camps and the truth is probably somewhere in the middle. 

Prior to being elected MP, James worked as a Solicitor in Stockton and Darlington practicing Company Law. In 2013, he was drawn as number one in the annual ballot for private members' bills. He has chosen, with the support of the Parliamentary Party, to bring forward a bill to ensure that a future Conservative government would hold a referendum on EU membership following negotiation.

Tom Legard, Consultant in Odgers Interim’s Energy, Manufacturing and Infrastructure Practice, commented: “The EU issue is now a central issue to most businesses in the UK. There’s no doubting that it’s a divisive topic but it’s essential to have an open and honest debate so hearing the views of James and our distinguished guests was of great interest and provided valuable insight based on knowledge and experience.”

 


Categories: Energy, Manufacturing & Infrastructure

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