James Martin urges followers to sign hospitality petition
James Martin, 48, has urged his 694,000 Twitter followers to help him by signing a petition to create a Minister for Hospitality in the UK Government. The chef and restaurant owner informed fans of the devastating job losses which are impacting the hospitality industry after many businesses were forced to close and cut down on staff due to the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing restrictions.
Speaking about the “nightmare” situation in a video, James said: “Hi there, James here.
“This is a quick message for your help really. I don’t normally do this, those people that know me this is a first for me.
“But this is important – over three million people are employed in this industry, 650,000 of which have lost their job in the past year because of Covid.
“We’re all going through a nightmare at the moment, everyone related to hospitality and not related to hospitality, but hospitality has been hit hard and there’s no voice.
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“There’s a minister for the arts, a minister for tourism and a minister for sport but no minister for hospitality and I think that’s vitally important.”
He added: “So I’m urging you to sign this petition to get us beyond that 100,000 barrier mark to get our say to get our voice heard in the power rooms of London.
“So if you value your coffee at a coffee shop, your cake at a patisserie, your plate of food at a restaurant, and your night away in a hotel – sign it, please.”
James concluded while addressing the reaction to the snap of his late pet pooch: “If one per cent of you that looked at my tweet of my late dog signed this we would get over 100,000 people.
“That is a fact, millions of you responded to that.
“So just have a look at this and sign it it’s really really important.”
James added in his caption: “Please have a look at this and sign the petition and help us get to 100,000.
“If a small % of you that looked at my last message sign we would get there and way beyond. Spend just 1 minute to sign please…and thank you.”
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James seems to have achieved his objective so far, as the petition currently has 126,718 signatures.
The description on the petition reads: “The UK hospitality industry. Responsible for around 3m jobs, generating £130bn in activity, resulting in £38bn in taxation.
“Yet, unlike the Arts or Sports, we do not have a dedicated Minister.
“We are asking that a Minister for Hospitality be created for the current, and successive governments.”
It continues: “A dedicated Minister would liaise with industry representatives. We believe such a Minister would have been beneficial to Government & Industry during the pandemic.
“As the UK seeks to encourage investment & tourism back to the UK in coming years, the vision that UK hospitality industry portrays of the UK is excellence, innovation, inspiration.
“We need a Minister who can listen to concerns on taxation & legislation and bring forward suggestions to the chancellor and policy makers on our behalf.”
It comes after the BBC reported that a “fifth” of hospitality sector jobs have sadly been lost in 2020.
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