News Releases | 2014

Marina launches ground-breaking three-point charter to eradicate mutilation

07-Mar-2014 @ 9:0

Conservative MEP Marina Yannakoudakis today launched a hard-hitting campaign to tackle the global scandal of female genital mutilation (FGM).

"Mixed results" from EU meeting on arrested ski instructors

26-Feb-2014 @ 18:0

Conservative MEP Emma McClarkin today appealed directly to EU Commissioner Michel Barnier to intervene in the case of seven British ski instructors arrested in France.

EP vote marks a sad day for women

26-Feb-2014 @ 16:0

Campaigning Conservative MEP Marina Yannakoudakis has reacted with dismay to a vote in the European Parliament today which seeks to classify all prostitutes as sex slaves working under duress.

Foster: new safety rules extend British standards to the rest of Europe

26-Feb-2014 @ 13:0

New rules have been agreed on the reporting of all aviation related incidents which will enhance safety across the EU, extending the model of Britain’s safety regime, a leading MEP predicted today (Wednesday).

New Lib-Lab pact says: Let Brussels tax us directly

26-Feb-2014 @ 9:0

Labour and Liberal Democrat MEPs have launched a fresh attempt to hand the European Union its own powers to raise taxes directly from citizens in Britain.

Ski instructors: Conservative MEPs call on Commission to intervene

25-Feb-2014 @ 19:0

Conservative MEP Emma McClarkin will hold an urgent meeting with EU Single Market Commissioner Michel Barnier tomorrow to ask him to intervene in the cases of seven British ski instructors who have been arrested in the French Alps for allegedly working without official approval.

Kamall: Retail investors will benefit from stronger protections

25-Feb-2014 @ 19:0

The leader of Britain's Conservative MEPs Syed Kamall today said an agreement on negotiations relating to the so-called UCITS 5 regulation on retail investment products would benefit investors.

Conservative MEPs will seek to stop e-cigs overregulation

25-Feb-2014 @ 18:0

A last ditch effort will be made by Conservative MEPs tomorrow to prevent the EU from over-regulating electronic cigarettes.

Tory drive to block confusing and harmful EU sales law

25-Feb-2014 @ 9:0

Conservative MEPs will this week be mounting a concerted drive against plans for an entirely new regime of sales contract law to operate across Europe.

Marina's challenge: Drop your prostitution plan and let's tackle the bigger issues

21-Feb-2014 @ 15:0

Campaigner Marina Yannakoudakis has issued a challenge to her fellow London MEP Mary Honeyball to drop misguided proposals for the EU to regulate prostitution – and instead to back her own more-targeted plans to tackle human trafficking and the child-sex trade.

High-level conference gauges future trends – and informs the search for a European response

19-Feb-2014 @ 12:0

Europe's leaders and policy-makers must engage with one another - and with the rest of the world – in facing up to the central questions of our age.

Tragic floods merit EU solidarity cash

17-Feb-2014 @ 9:0

A senior Conservative MEP today said Britain look seriously at making an application for aid from Europe's Solidarity Fund to help alleviate the suffering caused by storms and floods.

Conservatives refuses to support 'highly prejudiced' NSA report

13-Feb-2014 @ 9:0

The European Parliament's self-appointed inquiry into the Edward Snowden allegations against the NSA has today voted on a draft report of its findings. Conservative spokesman Timothy Kirkhope MEP voted against the report, saying that the committee failed to carry out a serious inquiry and the report calls for EU interference in national security matters, despite the EU Treaties clearly stating they are a sovereign national issue.

Brussels conference on mutilation demands better co-operation, tougher prosecution

12-Feb-2014 @ 11:0

Calls for greater international co-operation in the fight against the horror of female genital mutilation were at the centre of a unique conference in Brussels.

Property rights offer a better long-term solution to poverty says ECR development spokesman

11-Feb-2014 @ 18:0

As European taxpayers continue to struggle in the wake of the global financial crisis, a report by ECR MEP Nirj Deva offers a long-term solution for poorer nations – through the development of property rights.

Conservative victory lifts threat to our seed industry and garden centres

11-Feb-2014 @ 16:0

Conservative MEPs scored a major success today when EU plans - which could have created huge problems for Britain's garden centres and producers of packet seeds – were rejected.

Conservatives turning the tide on EU red tape

10-Feb-2014 @ 17:0

Conservative MEPs have succeeded in securing cross-party and multi-national support for a comprehensive blueprint to boost business and job-creation across Europe.

Tories strive to end the horror of child-mutilation

06-Feb-2014 @ 16:0

The scandal of female genital mutilation (FGM) was highlighted in Strasbourg today by campaigning MEP Marina Yannakoudakis, who told the European Parliament a zero-tolerance approach was needed across Europe and around the world.

Message to Yanukovych: Call off the thugs, call elections instead

06-Feb-2014 @ 9:0

Ukraine's President needs to call off his henchmen and call elections instead if his country is to move towards peace and prosperity, the European Parliament was told today.

MEP condemns EU attempts to increase its role in controlling key industries

05-Feb-2014 @ 16:0

The European Parliament yesterday (5 February) passed a resolution on the UN Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), along with a technical authorisation for Member States to ratify the Treaty.