Clas­sic group con­tin­ues de­spite elec­tion woes

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

MPs Sir Greg Knight and Kelvin Hop­kins are to con­tinue rep­re­sent­ing clas­sic own­ers at West­min­ster – de­spite the Con­ser­va­tive Party los­ing its ma­jor­ity in the Com­mons.

Hop­kins, deputy chair of the All Party Par­lia­men­tary His­toric Ve­hi­cle Group (APPHVG), was re-elected as Labour MP for Lu­ton North, and chair­man Knight, was also re-elected as Con­ser­va­tive MP for East York­shire.

Fi­nal de­tails of the new govern­ment were still be­ing dis­cussed as CCW went to press, but it looks likely that the Con­ser­va­tives will es­tab­lish a ma­jor­ity through a ‘sup­ply and con­fi­dence’ deal with North­ern Ire­land’s Demo­cratic Union­ist Party.

Hop­kins says: ‘Both Sir Greg Knight and my­self are look­ing for­ward to another term in Par­lia­ment and another stint look­ing af­ter the APPHVG. We will take care of the in­ter­ests of all clas­sic ve­hi­cle own­ers with the help of the Fed­er­a­tion of Bri­tish His­toric Ve­hi­cle Clubs dur­ing the new term.’

He adds: ‘I will also work hard to make sure our right to use our clas­sic ve­hi­cles on the pub­lic high­way is pre­served and our right to work on them as well.’

Hop­kins said he was sure he made clas­sic cars a prom­i­nent fea­ture in his elec­tion lit­er­a­ture, some­thing he be­lieves helped him to get re-elected in Vaux­hall’s heart­land Lu­ton as a re­sult.


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