News Releases | 2013

MEP leader welcomes Cameron speech

23-Jan-2013 @ 10:0

Richard Ashworth, leader of Britain's Conservative MEPs, was in London today to hear PM Cameron's speech and hailed it a success.

"Disgraceful" waste of gender-equality agency

22-Jan-2013 @ 10:0

Marina Yannakoudakis MEP led calls in the European Parliament’s Women’s Rights Committee, where she is Conservative spokesman, not to approve the budget of the European Institute for Gender Equality. The institute, based in Vilnius, has a budget of €7 million and duplicates the work of Member States, the work of the Commission’s DG Employment, and another EU agency: the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights.

Accession report praises Montenegro "good news story"

22-Jan-2013 @ 10:0

A report which could eventually pave the way for Montenegro to join the EU was approved by the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee today (Tuesday).

Trade broadside for Argentina from MEP McClarkin

18-Jan-2013 @ 10:0

Protectionist measures by South American countries such as Argentina were condemned in the European Parliament by Conservative MEP Emma McClarkin.

The East Midlands MEP intervened during a debate on the progress of an EU trade agreement with the Mercosur bloc to highlight discrimination against British companies because of tension over the Falkland Islands.

Miss McClarkin told MEPs: "The potential benefits of an agreement between the EU and Mercosur are enormous, a combined market of 800 million citizens. However, it is regrettable that we now find ourselves no further forward almost three years down the line.

Call for ban on unfair single-bag flight rule

17-Jan-2013 @ 01:00

The "single bag" rule imposed by some airlines is unfair and undermines the competitiveness of regional airports, the European Parliament was told yesterday in a debate called by a Conservative MEP.

Tannock: Russia can be key to ending Syria conflict

17-Jan-2013 @ 8:0

Moscow must now offer action to solve the Syria crisis, not simply words, a senior Conservative MEP told the European Parliament.

CRA measures "a mixture of the unnecessary and the inadequate"

16-Jan-2013 @ 16:0

The European Parliament today (Wednesday) approved new legislation aimed at restricting the influence of Credit Ratings Agencies (CRAs). The new laws impose a rotation regime on certain categories of work and set a strict timetable for when and how often agencies may issue judgments of sovereign debt.

Callanan: Welcome for Irish Presidency's emphasis on growth, jobs and stability

16-Jan-2013 @ 13:0

European Conservatives and Reformists group leader Martin Callanan MEP has told the Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny that he will have the ECR's support in delivering his EU Presidency priorities of making the Single Market go digital, opening access to finance for small businesses, and a trade deal between the EU and the USA.

Welsh Airport buyout fears raised in Strasbourg

16-Jan-2013 @ 12:0

Controversial proposals to take Cardiff Airport into public ownership have been criticised in the European Parliament as a potential misuse of taxpayers' money.

Tannock: Mali mission must succeed to prevent disaster

16-Jan-2013 @ 9:0

Mali's Al-Qaeda-backed violence is no Arab Spring - and its terrorists are no liberators, a senior Conservative MEP said today.

Conservatives condemn "socialist wish list" of redundancy rules

15-Jan-2013 @ 14:0

A raft of proposals which would make it much harder for companies to restructure their operations in difficult times has been adopted by the European Parliament today (Tues) in the face of resolute opposition from Conservative MEPs.

MEPs approve key strategy report on troubled Horn of Africa

15-Jan-2013 @ 13:0

A comprehensive strategic ground plan for tackling the Horn of Africa's political, humanitarian, criminal and security problems was approved today by the European Parliament.

Harbour: Jaguar Land Rover's vote of confidence in the West Midlands

14-Jan-2013 @ 10:0

The announcement today of investment by Jaguar Land Rover to create 800 jobs in Solihull was welcomed by West Midlands Conservative MEP Malcolm Harbour.
He said: "This represents a huge vote of confidence for the skills and the hard-working outlook of the West Midlands people.
"Equally it is a vote of confidence for the single market and Britain's place in it.
"As chairman of the European Parliament's Single Market Committee I know what a powerful magnet access to the market can be for attracting strategic investment and creating high-skill, high-value jobs.
Mr Harbour, a former motor-industry  executive with vast experience of the sector, concluded: "This is a good day for the West Midlands, for the UK motor industry and for Europe too."

Welcome for entrepreneur report - but prioritise slashing red-tape, says McIntyre

09-Jan-2013 @ 17:0

Entrepreneurs will flourish given freedom from red tape - not through wishful thinking or bureaucratic diktat, a Conservative MEP warned today.

New EU Cybercrime Centre is a click in the right direction

09-Jan-2013 @ 15:0

A new EU Cybercrime Centre to be opened this week in the Hague is a welcome step to prevent fraud and piracy, to combat child abuse online, and to protect against terrorism and attacks against infrastructure, Timothy Kirkhope MEP, Conservative home affairs spokesman in the European Parliament, said today.

MEPs cheer Malcolm Harbour's CBE

03-Jan-2013 @ 10:0

Malcolm Harbour MEP, Conservative Chairman of the European Parliament’s internal market committee and MEP for the West Midlands region, has been made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) by the Queen for services to the UK economy.

MEP "overjoyed" at homecoming of little Atiya

02-Jan-2013 @ 11:0

North West MEP Sajjad Karim has declared his joy at the safe return of abducted child, Atiya Anjum Wilkinson.

EU Commissioner’s comments that UK ‘will allow criminals to run free’ are extremely unhelpful: Kirkhope

02-Jan-2013 @ 11:0

Comments by EU Commissioner Viviane Reding – reported by the Daily Telegraph – that the UK will allow criminals and paedophiles to run free by opting out of the EU’s justice and home affairs field are ‘extremely unhelpful’, Timothy Kirkhope MEP, Conservative justice and home affairs spokesman in the European Parliament, said.