The former MP who founded the all-party Parliamentary group on combating metal theft has been praised by his successor at Westminster.
Mike Wood, the new Conservative MP for Dudley South, spoke of fellow Tory Chris Kelly in his maiden speech in the House of Commons. Kelly stood down at the general election.
Wood said it was traditional in such speeches to pay tribute to predecessors, but it was “a genuine pleasure to do so”.
“Despite serving only a single term, Chris Kelly (pictured) left his mark both locally and nationally.
“Chris’ work as founder chairman of the all-party group on combating metal theft helped to secure changes to the law, banning cash payments and introducing an effective licensing scheme for scrap metal traders.
“The resulting fall in metal theft, seen clearly in the West Midlands in particular, is a fitting legacy for his tireless work in this area,” Wood added.