News Releases | 2014

Welcome for new law to end scandal of 21st Century slavery

04-Jun-2014 @ 13:0

Draft legislation to counter modern-day slavery represents a declaration of intent to stop a 21st Century scandal which degrades us all, a senior Conservative MEP said today.

Landmark vote backs Conservative vision of re-shoring jobs

16-Apr-2014 @ 16:0

Reversing the trend of companies off-shoring their production and services to foreign parts offers huge opportunities and can play a key part in our economic turnaround, MEPs have agreed in a landmark vote

Tories see off EU plan to impose burdensome fees on the food supply chain

16-Apr-2014 @ 16:0

Conservative MEPs have scored a major success by staving off plans to impose EU-wide fees on inspections related to the food supply chain.

Marathon negotiations will boost confidence in Europe's capital markets

15-Apr-2014 @ 19:0

Four years of painstaking work and intense negotiation ended successfully for Conservative MEPs today when the European Parliament finally approved key legislation on financial trading.

European Parliament adopts three legged package to stabilise banks and protect taxpayers

15-Apr-2014 @ 19:0

A new package of legislation adopted by the European Parliament today will protect taxpayers and ordinary bank depositors from bank failure, Vicky Ford MEP, one of the parliament’s lead negotiators on the proposals, said today.

Making our roads safer

15-Apr-2014 @ 14:0

Conservative MEPs today backed new rules on lorry design to make Britain's roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

Key audit reforms pass final hurdle

03-Apr-2014 @ 16:0

Conservative MEP Sajjad Karim today spoke of hissatisfaction after key legislation on audit reform, which he is piloting,received its final seal of approval from the European Parliament sitting inBrussels.

Tannock asks Egyptian Foreign Minister to drop charges against British journalist

01-Apr-2014 @ 17:0

A British Al-Jazeera journalist who has been charged withaiding terrorism in Egypt – despite having left the country before the MuslimBrotherhood was proscribed a terrorist organisation – had her case raised todaywith the Egyptian Foreign Minister, by Dr Charles Tannock, Conservative foreignaffairs spokesman.

EU banking bail-out deal protects UK red lines

20-Mar-2014 @ 16:0

All-night bargaining over the proposed single resolutionmechanism (SRM) for banks has produced an agreement which will do the job whilestill protecting the interest of euro "out" nations which choose notto participate.

Labour, LibDems and UKIP put thousands of UK jobs at risk

19-Mar-2014 @ 17:0

Labour, Liberal Democrat and UKIP MEPs have todaythreatened thousands of British jobs at Airbus and elsewhere by voting tocontinue forcing non-European airlines to pay an emissions levy whenever theyfly to or from the EU, Martin Callanan, Conservative MEP, has warned.

Turning the tide on mutilation

18-Mar-2014 @ 16:0

“High-powered, emotional and inspiring…I hope this daycan be a landmark in this important struggle.”

Euro-Prosecutor – the slippery slope to sidelining our own courts

12-Mar-2014 @ 15:0

Plans for a European Public Prosecutor could create a slippery slope towards a continent-wide criminal justice system, Conservative MEPs have warned.

Conservatives shun tainted Single European Sky plans

12-Mar-2014 @ 12:0

Excellent proposals to make the Single European Sky initiative a reality have been badly thrown off course by the addition of extra proposals which add legal problems, create red tape and discriminate against Gibraltar, senior Conservative MEP Jacqueline Foster warned today.

Conservatives counter proposed free-movement diktat

12-Mar-2014 @ 9:0

Conservative MEPs will today vote to reject "rigid and dictatorial" EU legislation which threatens to impose a central interpretation from Brussels of how rules on free movement of workers should be applied.

Parliament backs Conservative plan for real growth

11-Mar-2014 @ 17:0

A British MEP's detailed plan to unleash the potential of the horticulture sector as a major force in farming and food security was approved by the European Parliament in Strasbourg today.

MEP toasts common sense on EU alcohol strategy

11-Mar-2014 @ 16:0

Conservative MEPs are savouring success today after the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health & Food Safety Committee voted for a balanced and proportionate EU strategy on alcohol.

MEPs say ‘no’ to extreme gender-based policy report

11-Mar-2014 @ 14:0

Plans to give the EU more control over employment law, healthcare, education and pensions were blocked in the European Parliament in Strasbourg today.

Tougher money laundering rules for criminals, less red tape for businesses after MEPs vote

11-Mar-2014 @ 13:0

New Anti-Money Laundering legislation voted through the European Parliament today aims to shine a light on areas where criminals launder dirty money, but cut the red tape that and inflexibility of the current laws in place, Timothy Kirkhope MEP, one of the parliament's lead members on the new law, said this afternoon.

Conservatives see off EU threat to caravans and small garages

11-Mar-2014 @ 13:0

Conservative MEPs were celebrating today (Tuesday) after successfully side-lining over-zealous road safety Regulations which would have subjected caravans and light trailers to a cumbersome and intrusive inspection regime.

Stop this attempt to grow the nanny state

11-Mar-2014 @ 12:0

A piece of EU reform which set out to tackle red tape has been hijacked and turned into a blueprint to extend the nanny state.