Maggie Throup MP is the new chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Furniture Industry Group, succeeding Stephen McPartland MP, who has stood down after eight years in the role.


Ms Throup — whose Erewash constituency includes Long Eaton, home to a cluster of Britain's best sofa makers — was officially introduced to the trade at the Confederation Lunch, held at the Houses of Parliament earlier this week.

The event was sponsored by outgoing chair Mr McPartland, and organised in partnership by The Furniture Makers’ Company (TFMC) and the British Furniture Confederation, which provides the secretariat to the group.

Mr McPartland, MP for Stevenage, leaves the role to take up the chair of the Regulatory Reform Committee, though will remain a liveryman of TFMC.

In prepared remarks, Dr Tony Smart MBE, master of TFMC, said: "The Furniture Makers’ Company would like to thank Stephen for everything that he has done for the industry over the past eight years and the fantastic job he has done as head of the All-Party Parliamentary Furniture Industry Group."

The All-Party group provides a forum for parliamentarians to discuss issues affecting the sector, such as training, export support, and fire safety regulations.