Ticket Abuse APPG

First Registered: 30/07/2015 • Last updated on: 06/10/2021

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To promote and provide a forum for the discussion of issues relating to the sale and resale of tickets, for events, with a particular focus on devising solutions to the problem of ticket touting.

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Recent Documents related to Ticket Abuse

1. Baroness Dianne Hayter - written evidence
10/07/2018 - Inquiry: Live music - Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
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Found: Hayter  Written evidence submitted by Baroness Hayter Ticket Abuse: How successful have the reforms been to secondary

2. Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre - written evidence
10/07/2018 - Inquiry: Live music - Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
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Found: apply to the theatre industry when considering ticket abuse.  We are aware that this inquiry will aim to

3. TicketSwap - written evidence
10/07/2018 - Inquiry: Live music - Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
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Found: TicketSwapWritten evidence submitted by TicketSwapTicket abuse: How successful have the reforms been to secondary

4. Terry Hart - written evidence
10/07/2018 - Inquiry: Live music - Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
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Found: REPORT  OBJECTIVE 1) Report to the DCMS Committee on Ticket Abuse, indicating how ineffective the reforms to the

5. Andrew Crossland - written evidence
10/07/2018 - Inquiry: Live music - Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
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Found: more needs to be done to act against market abuse from ticket touts?  I believe that the reforms have not

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Recent Speeches related to Ticket Abuse

1. Breaching of Limits on Ticket Sales Regulations 2018
13/06/2018 - Lords Chamber

1: by the use of software or bots to automate the ticket purchasing process on the primary market to circumvent - Speech Link
2: important step in continuing the fight against abuse in the ticketing market, in particular the secondary - Speech Link
3: and whether any action can be taken against the abuse—which should more accurately be called “a bot”—abroad - Speech Link

2. Theatre Tickets: London
28/02/2019 - Lords Chamber

1: the theatre owners, the ticket sellers and the discredited secondary ticket market. London theatres are - Speech Link
2: range. Some of those ticket prices have gone up and I think the average top ticket now costs more than - Speech Link
3: National Campaign for the Arts which shows that ticket prices in all areas of the arts are rising at a - Speech Link

3. Ticket Touting: Musical Events
02/05/2018 - Westminster Hall

1: beg to move,That this House has considered ticket touting and musical events.Thank you very - Speech Link
2: announced by the UK Government to outlaw the so-called ticket-bots cannot come soon enough and have been too - Speech Link
3: meeting of the all-party parliamentary group on ticket abuse, which was hosted by the hon. Member for Washington - Speech Link

4. Secondary Ticketing
07/06/2018 - Commons Chamber

1: organiser of the event, and are then sold on by the ticket holder in the secondary marketplace. In the ticketing - Speech Link
2: from Korea to hear this boy band and the official ticket price has been set at £165. That is an indication - Speech Link
3: possible that part of the solution would be registered ticket dealers—a solution that is analogous to what I - Speech Link

5. Consumer Protection (Enforcement) (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020
16/11/2020 - Grand Committee

1: to the UK. This is critical in the context of ticket abuse. Here I declare my interest as co-chair of the - Speech Link
2: extremely well. He is so right to raise the problems of ticket touting and resales. It is a growing problem and - Speech Link
3: Things like the ripping off of consumers through ticket touts and bots is bad for consumers and involves - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Ticket Abuse
1. Abuse
asked by: Andrew Gwynne
... how many adult abuse concerns were reported to local authorities in each of the last 12 months; and how many of those cases were escalated to become safeguarding issues.

2. Domestic Abuse
asked by: Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle
... and (2) deal with perpetrators of intimate partner violence.

3. Domestic Abuse
asked by: Gill Furniss
... what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the adequacy of funding available to local authorities to fulfil their statutory duties to protect victims of domestic abuse.

4. Domestic Abuse
asked by: Jess Phillips
... if her Department will publish the outcomes framework it is working towards in assessing the (a) quality and (b) outcome of current domestic abuse training from her work with the College of Policing; and when she expects to be able to report on that work.

5. Domestic Abuse
asked by: Sarah Champion
... if she will extend the Ask for ANI Scheme to people who are housebound due to the covid-19 pandemic so that (a) people at risk can speak to pharmacy delivery workers to access domestic abuse support and (b) the necessary training can be provided to those delivering from pharmacies to people’s homes.

Latest Questions
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9 Current APPG Officers
Pete Wishart Portrait
Pete Wishart
Vice Chair
Scottish National Party - Perth and North Perthshire
Joined: 21st November 2018
4 APPG Memberships
Beer , Intellectual Property , Music , Writers
Lord Strasburger Portrait
Lord Strasburger
Vice Chair
Liberal Democrat - Life peer
Joined: 4th November 2020
No other APPG Memberships
Contact Details

Registered Contact:

Mrs Sharon Hodgson MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 020 7219 5160.

Email: sharon.hodgson.mp@parliament.uk

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No benefits in kind are on record for the Ticket Abuse APPG

No direct financial benefits are on record for the Ticket Abuse APPG

Former APPG Officers
Stephen McPartland Portrait
Stephen McPartland
Vice Chair
Conservative - Stevenage
Joined: 30th July 2015
Departed: 2nd May 2017