l FWD has joined retail trade associations in opposition to changes in Sunday trading hours. A letter signed by FWD and others has been published in The Times, and a postcard campaign has been launched to oppose relaxation beyond the eight Sundays announced in the Budget.
l MPs Richard Drax (South Dorset), David Heath (Somerton and Frome), John Cruddas (Dagenham) Robert Syms (Poole) Peter Bottomley (West Worthing) and Gordon MacDonald (MSP, Edinburgh Pentlands) visited stores in their constituencies under the MSYS scheme. FWD will follow up with requests for meetings to discuss areas of interest which arose during the visits.
l FWD met Transport for London to discuss the plans for the Olympics. Discussions will continue in the coming weeks.
l FWD attended a roundtable stakeholder event at the Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association on the forthcoming consultation on plain packaging.
l FWD has contributed to a speech to be made by Crime Minister Lord Henley at a Freight Crime Prevention Workshop, following a request for input from the Home Office.