Jim McGovern welcomes The Herald newspaper award nomination

 7 November 2012

Dundee West MP Jim McGovern has welcomed the announcement that he has been nominated, jointly with Dundee East MP Stewart Hosie, for the Politics in Business Award in this year’s The Herald newspaper political awards.

The nomination comes after the successful campaign to see the government accept a policy of introducing tax reliefs for the computer games industry.

The campaign ran for two years after the 2010 general election.

Prior to this then Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling announced that should a Labour government be re-elected at the general election the policy would be implemented.

This was scrapped by George Osborne in his first budget.

Mr McGovern asked 14 parliamentary questions to various departments over this time, led a Westminster Hall debate which he called for on the matter, as well as many meetings with government ministers.

These included the Scotland Office and the Treasury, as well as with industry representatives, particularly with Richard Wilson CEO of games industry association TIGA.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced in the 2012 budget that the government position had changed and tax reliefs for the industry would be introduced.

Jim McGovern said,

“There are some issues that go beyond partisan party politics where politicians of rival parties must work together in order to benefit the city they both represent.

"This issue was one of those.”

“The computer games industry is a major investor and employer in the city of Dundee.

"They work very closely with our universalities and provide top quality graduate jobs.

"The importance of the industry to the city’s economy is hard to overestimate.”

“The success of the campaign to convince the government to change their minds and introduce tax reliefs for the computers games industry demonstrates the effectiveness of a concerted parliamentary effort with politicians, business and communities working together to make change happen.”

Mr McGovern concluded,

“I am humbled to be jointly nominated for the prize, but the real credit goes to the people and businesses of Dundee who pushed us politicians hard to make their views clear to those in power.”

 

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