Outgoing Labour MP Michael Dugher appointed head of UK Music

Posted On: 
27th April 2017

Outgoing Labour MP Michael Dugher has been appointed chief executive of the body which represents the British music industry.

Michael Dugher is quitting as an MP after seven years.
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The announcement came just a week after he revealed he was quitting as the Commons ahead of the general election.

He will take over as head of UK Music in the middle of May.

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Andy Heath, the organisation's chairman, said: "Michael is a first class and dynamic choice with a proven track record as a powerful supporter of British music – both the artists and the commercial organisations. He knows the business and politics inside out."

Mr Dugher, the MP for Barnsley East since 2010, said: "I'm thrilled to have been appointed chief executive of UK Music. I have engaged with the organisation for several years and have seen it go from strength to strength thanks to its board, Andy Heath and previous chief executives Feargal Sharkey and Jo Dipple. There is a great team at UK Music who do brilliant work and I'm really looking forward to working with them.

"British music is a world-beating industry which brings huge economic benefits for our country. I am determined to work with all the individual members of UK Music – on the business and creator side – to ensure our industry is protected during the Brexit process and that we continue to thrive."

Mr Dugher, who was also an adviser to Gordon Brown when he was Prime Minister, served on Ed Miliband's frontbench, but was sacked for "disloyalty" by Jeremy Corbyn.

In an interview with the New Statesman yesterday, he called on the Labour leader to stand down if the party loses on 8 June.

He said: "The election’s started, I want Labour to do as well as possible but if Labour lost again, particularly if we did worse than last time, it would be ridiculous and an act of profound self-indulgence and vanity to consider staying on in those circumstances."