This website was established while I was a Member of Parliament. As Parliament has been dissolved, there are no Members of Parliament until after the Election on 7th May 2015.
I wanted to send out a short message thanking everyone for their support during my time as the Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade. It has been a tremendous honour undertaking this important role. I thought that this might be an appropriate moment to reflect on what we have done over the past five years.
This list is no way near exhaustive, but is an interesting highlight of what my team and I – with the fantastic help of residents – have achieved.
Once again, thanks to everyone for all your support during my time as your Member of Parliament.
Here is the list of what I have done, in no particular order:
- Called for the harmonisation of online and offline penalties for crime within my Follow the Money Report in April 2014 – a call backed within the IPO’s Penalty Fair
- Secured Amendment to the Consumer Rights Bill addressing secondary ticketing – the result of years of campaigning through the All Party Parliamentary Group on Secondary Ticketing which I co-founded and co-chaired (with Labour MP Sharon Hodgson).
- Secured Adjournment Debate on Oesophageal Cancer to highlight the need for earlier and more efficient diagnosis and funds for quicker diagnostic procedures.
- Supported the Government resulting in an over 50% drop in number of unemployment claimants in Hove and Portslade since coming to office in 2010.
- Campaigned in support of Trading Standards’ work in tackling IP Crime.
- Lobbied the Chancellor, George Osborne, for tax breaks for small and medium-sized live music venues.
- Was appointed Parliamentary Patron of English Votes for English Laws campaign.
- Was appointed the first ever Intellectual Property Rights Advisor to the Prime Minister.
- Published four reports – all well received internationally and used as reference documents – following appointment as first ever Intellectual Property Rights Advisor to the Prime Minister:
a) Search Engines and Piracy (May 2014).
b) Follow the Money (June 2014).
c) Copyright, Education and Awareness (October 2014)
d) Safe Harbour Provisions & Online Service Providers (March 2015 – after stepping-down as Adviser).
- Campaigned for a 50m swimming pool in Hove, backed by petition with well over 2,000 signatures.
- Supported the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (formed in September 2013) and successfully lobbied the Home Secretary, Prime Minister and Intellectual Property Office to secure an additional £3m funding (securing the unit’s future until 2017) which was announced in October 2014.
- Championed Copyright legislation, which came into force in October 2014 (through the Intellectual Property Act 2014) to allow for digital copies of content for personal use.
- Served as Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Music Education, which successfully backed a campaign to secure £75m of funding for music education to 2020.
- Supported Gay Marriage legislation, marched in the annual Brighton Gay Pride, presented an award at the Golden Handbag awards (June 2013), and sponsored an EDM to end homophobic chanting at football matches.
- Hosted ground-breaking concert with Slash, Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators playing an amazing set in Parliament in May 2014.
- Chaired the All Party Parliamentary Group on ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) and worked with 10 embassies, the ASEAN department within BIS and the EU to support bilateral trade relationships, particularly ahead of greater ASEAN integration in 2015.
- Raised concerns over taxi deregulation in protection of Brighton & Hove consumers and licensed taxi drivers through facilitating Ministerial meetings with local Taxi driver association representatives.
- Founded the All Party Parliamentary Group on Retail & Business Crime calling for:
- Helped secure part of a £50m package of funding for superfast broadband for 3,000 small businesses in Brighton & Hove.
- Brought the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP to Hove to meet small business owners locally, and many other Ministers over the five years.
- Supported local small business by Chairing the All Party Parliamentary Group on Small Shops and running the annual Parliamentary Best Small Shops’ Competition – one of Parliament’s largest competitions.
- Received the Independent Retailers’ Fellowship Award in recognition for ongoing support for small and independent business.
- Received the Parliamentary Beer Champion award in January 2014 for being instrumental in securing a cut in beer duty.
- Hosted Charity Auction Smile Britannia in December 2013 which raised £82,000 for charity and included the auction of a Banksy piece.
- Hosted Fat Boy Slim playing a ground-breaking DJ set on the House of Commons Terrace as part of the House the House music initiative.
- Successfully campaigned for the Postponement of the Badger Cull, with support from Queen guitarist, Brian May and Bill Oddie.
- Served on the Justice Select Committee and the Administration Committee.
- Was named by the Times as instrumental in supporting calls for an EU Referendum which resulted in the Prime Minister committing to a 2017 Referendum.
- Successfully campaigned to make squatting in residential properties illegal in 2012 through the Legal Aid, Sentencing & Punishment of Offenders Act and called for an extension of this to protect commercial buildings. The legislation is referred to by campaigners and on Wikipedia as “Weatherley’s Law”.
- Secured £250,000 funding from Government for the No Second Night Out initiative for Brighton & Hove, raised money for homeless charity Off the Fence, and supported Emmaus on a number of occasions.
- Supported an increase in the personal allowances for those on low and medium incomes.
- Supported devolution of powers from central to local government through the Sustainable Communities Act.
- Founded Parliament’s largest competitions, Rock the House and Film the House, in support of protecting and promoting British Intellectual Property Rights and the creative industries in 2010. The competitions are backed by Orange Amplification, Google, 21st Century Fox, Lionsgate, XFM, Team Rock, PRS for Music and the BPI, the MPAA, Odeon Cinemas and others, and counts Alice Cooper, All Time Low, Bullet for My Valentine, Rick Wakeman, Whitesnake’s Bernie Marsden, Lord Puttnam, Queen’s Brian May among its many Patrons and supporters.
- Was appointed an Ambassador for Music for All, Attitude is Everything and the Noise Abatement Society.
- Called successfully for the granting of a 12A rating from the British Board of Film Classification’s to the Hunger Games in March 2012 by acting as an advisory intermediary. The rating allowed the hugely popular trilogy’s film adaption to be seen by thousands of young adults who would have otherwise been excluded had it been given a higher rating.
- Supported Government allocation of funds from the National Lottery to the UK Film Industry and backed invaluable tax breaks to film-makers which have seen a huge boost in the UK’s film economy.
- Led opposition to EU Directives which would have seen motorbike riders forced to wear fluorescent clothing and ditch their customised bikes. The protest ride to Brussels included Danny John-Jules (AKA Cat from Red Dwarf).
- Organised and hosted debate at Hove Town Hall Are Drug Deaths Avoidable? in September 2011 with DrugScope, Sussex Police and many others.
- Was recognised by the music press as a huge music advocate and featured in articles in Metal Hammer; Classic Rock Magazine, Prog Magazine and the Rush Fanzine for the release of Clockwork Angels.
- Successfully lobbied Brighton & Hove City Council for the creation of the Connaught School in Hove in 2010.
- Successfully lobbied Government Ministers in support of the creation of the Brighton Bilingual School.
- Was one of a group of MPs pledging to not vote for any changes to the Fox Hunting ban, resulting in ‘no change’ for this Parliament
- Was named ‘MP of the Month’ by Total Politics magazine November 2012 and runner-up twice.
- Campaigned against Nuclear Power – alas not successfully!
- Served on the following (and many other) APPGs: British-Danish; Biomass; Bovine Tuberculosis; Film Industry Group; HIV and AIDS; Intellectual Property Group; Leisure Group; Music Education; Music; Performers’ Alliance; School Food; Ticket Abuse; Video Games; Youth Unemployment; Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).
- Received an ‘above average’ rating for Written parliamentary Questions and ‘above average’ for vote attendances.
Finally, a few quotes:
- The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport: “Mike has been a passionate and powerful advocate for intellectual property and I would like to play tribute to the role he has played as the Prime Minister’s IP adviser. He has made a whole series of thoughtful recommendations which we have has either already acted upon, or are actively considering. I’d like to thank him for all he has done.”
- Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Minister for Intellectual Property: “Mike has made a major contribution to the IP agenda over the past year which I, and the IPO, have greatly valued. He has linked the creative industries to Government and promoted a series of imaginative and ground-breaking initiatives. Mike leaves a valuable legacy which will help shape our work for the future.”
- Carina Bailey, Trading Standards Review: “Mike Weatherley…has risen to become the man who has shaped the course of history for intellectual property (IP) rights in the UK – and beyond. Appointed in 2013 as the first IP adviser to the Prime Minister in parliamentary history, he has written three solid reports on IP rights – with a fourth on the way. These are already influencing policy in such far flung places as Hong Kong and the US, and they inform the debate into how creators’ works are protected in the UK.”
- Ben Duckworth, Editor – Total Politics: “Mike Weatherley is an immensely popular MP with his backbench colleagues, and there was a deluge of emails supporting him for this issue’s MP of the Month.”
- The Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Prime Minister: “Your “Copyright Education and Awareness” paper is an excellent report, which highlights the key issues we must tackle to raise the understanding of copyright amongst future generations. I am grateful to you for all the work you have done during your tenure as my Special Advisor on Intellectual Property.”