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ICoCo Conference - The Minister’s Views

May 5th, 2012

At the ICoCo Ease With Each Other conference, speakers & delegates explored the Government’s new approach, considered alternatives and focused on practical concerns and issues for policy makers and those responsible for delivery. The conference provided an opportunity to discuss pertinent issues for the UK’s social agenda and the wider context of integration and increasing diversity in an age of austerity.

Two ministers attended this conference and we interviewed them about some of their views

The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP

Eric Pickles MP was appointed Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 12 May 2010. In 2009, David Cameron appointed Eric Pickles MP Chairman of the Conservative Party. He joined the Shadow Cabinet in 2007 as the Department for Communities and Local Government Secretary having served from August 2005 to July 2007 as Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party. Other posts he has held include Shadow Secretary of State for Local Government and the Regions; Shadow Minister for Transport and Shadow Minister for London; member of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Select Committee, Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party, with special responsibility for local government affairs and Parliamentary Private Secretary to Tim Sainsbury MP, Minister for Industry. Eric Pickles has been Member of Parliament for Brentwood and Ongar since 1992. He was educated at Greenhead Grammar School (a comprehensive), Keighley, and Leeds Polytechnic. He is married and a trustee of two local charities - Brentwood Foyer and Brentwood Theatre.

Andrew Stunell MP

Andrew Stunell OBE MP was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government on 14 May 2010. Andrew Stunell was first elected as the Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Hazel Grove in 1997. He had previously served on Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council, and on Cheshire County Council, and has written extensively on local government policy issues. In 2004, he steered his Private Members Act on Sustainable Buildings through Parliament. He is married to Gillian and they have five grown up children, two of whom are adopted. Andrew and Gillian live in Romiley, in the centre of the constituency. Andrew is a former Baptist lay preacher and an active member of Romiley Methodist Church.