Vale MP Alun Cairns has taken on new roles in Parliament looking into energy security, financial technology and post-Brexit trade.
Mr Cairns was recently elected as the Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Energy Security, which is a cross party group with the support of Labour, Plaid Cymru and SNP representatives in its membership. At present they are looking into the challenges facing the energy sector and are engaging with key stake holders on this basis.
In addition to this, Mr Cairns is Co-Chairman of the APPG for FinTech (Financial Technology) and Vice-Chairman of the APPG for Trans-Atlantic Trade. The FinTech group is particularly concerned with supporting the UK’s expertise in financial products where technology can transform the services. Alun’s backgrounders in finance services and compliance will help develop the agenda in a positive way. The Trans-Atlantic Trade group is focussed on post-Brexit exports across the pond.
All of the groups operate on a cross-party basis.
Mr Cairns said, “I’m pleased to be involved in areas which will affect Welsh businesses in the years to come and where I believe there will be fantastic opportunities. We have an exciting FinTech sector, for example, and I believe Wales can play a leading role in this. Also, when looking towards post-Brexit trade, I’ve met with US representatives who are excited about products like Welsh lamb that can be exported post-Brexit. Through these cross-party groups I want to play a role in ensuring that we maximise the opportunities available to an independent Britain.”