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Building the case for construction ahead of the 2017 General Election – How to get involved?

Date: 11/05/17

Steven Crane-Jenkins

Former Policy Officer (Cymru/Wales)


While the CIOB will be promoting the built environment to those standing in the 2017 General Election, as interested parties in the sector, we would also encourage as many people as possible to get involved in the upcoming democratic process.

A few quick wins could include:

For those wanting to get a little more involved, you may wish to consider:

  • Identifying when and where your local hustings are taking place (i.e. when your local Prospective Parliamentary Candidates will meet to debate in a public place open to all) and consider going along to ask the some questions. Some example questions are listed below, but please feel free to ask whatever you feel appropriate.
  • If you are a little time limited, why not take to social media, such as Twitter, and as a local constituent pose these questions to candidates in a professional and polite manner? Most candidates will have a social media profile that should be readily available. If you do, why not copy us in at @theCIOB and/or @CIOBPolicy so we can read what you post and possibly retweet your comments and any responses?
  • If you do not want to ask local candidate any questions on social media, you may want to just direct them to the CIOB’s 2017 Building the Case for Construction manifesto for information.
  • Let your built environment colleagues know what you and the CIOB are doing and encourage them to get involved.

If you do happen to come across any candidates during the 2017 General Election, be it via social media, or someone just happens to knock on your door canvassing, you may want to consider asking:

  • The built environment contributes around 3% of GDP and employs over 2.9 million people (around 10% of total UK employment.) What do you see as the main issues to support this sector?
  • With Article 50 triggered and Brexit soon becoming a reality, what do you see as the challenges and opportunities this will present?
  • In addition to seeking a positive relationship with the wider European Union, what would you support the Government in doing to make the UK an attractive place to do business for overseas construction firms?
  • What should the Government seek to do to ensure the built environment continues to grow in the UK?
  • What is the state of the built environment in your constituency and what would you do to support it in the next Parliament?