Opening keynote address

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Richard Holden MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Roads & Local Transport), Department for Transport

Richard Holden was elected as the MP for North West Durham in 2019 and appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport in October 2022.

Richard grew up in the Pennine village of Grindleton where he attended the local village primary school, before attending a grammar school in Skipton. He went to sixth form in Blackburn before going on to study at the London School of Economics, where he graduated in 2007.

Richard served on the Public Accounts Committee from 2019-2021 and on the European Statutory Instruments Committee until his appointment at the DfT. He has been part of UK parliamentary delegations to international bodies for democracy, such as the Council of Europe and the Inter-Parliamentary Union. He was a parliamentary private secretary to DCMS, then briefly at DfT and DIT.

As Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Roads and Local Transport) his responsibilities include: roads and motoring, including DVLA, DVSA, VCA, regions and devolution, local transport including buses, taxis, light rail, union connectivity, haulage, Future of Freight, London (incl. Crossrail and Transport for London) and accessibility (cross-cutting responsibility).