News Releases | 2013

Anger over costly EU propaganda to sell us benefits of "hopeless" CAP

16-Oct-2013 @ 9:0

Conservative MEPs today condemned a costly European Union"awareness campaign" intended to tell people what a good job theCommon Agricultural Policy is doing.

Praise for EU red-tape task-force report

15-Oct-2013 @ 9:0

Malcolm Harbour MEP haswelcomed the publication today (Tuesday) of a report on EU red tape producedfor Downing Street by a business-led taskforce.

Big step forward for campaign to end Strasbourg circus

14-Oct-2013 @ 18:0

Campaigning MEP Ashley Fox today hailed a key vote in theEuropean Parliament as a major boost in his drive to end the notoriousStrasbourg "travelling circus".

Malala Yousafzai wins EU Sakharov human rights prize

10-Oct-2013 @ 12:0

The European Parliament has awarded its annual Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought to Malala Yousafzai, the education activist from Pakistan who was shot in the head by the Taliban one year and one day ago. Malala was co-nominated for the award by the European Conservatives and Reformists Group.

MEPs risk handing terrorists another gift by cancelling crucial EU-USA terror agreement

09-Oct-2013 @ 13:0

After the Head of MI5 warned that Edward Snowden's leaks had provided the 'advantage' to terrorists and were a ‘gift they need to evade us and strike at will', MEPs risk handing them another gift if they vote to suspend a crucial counter-terror agreement off the back of the NSA allegations, Timothy Kirkhope MEP, Conservative Justice and Home Affairs spokesman, warned today.

Electronic cigarettes safe thanks to Conservative MEPs’ amendment

08-Oct-2013 @ 19:0

Strasbourg, 8th October 2013 -- Electronic cigarettes no longer face being taken off the shelves by the EU after Conservative MEPs were successful today in amending EU legislation on tobacco labelling.

Progress for our plans get Europe ready for a changing world

08-Oct-2013 @ 16:0

A Conservative blueprint for keeping the European Union abreast of changing trends in key areas such as population growth, climate and shifting global power, received the enthusiastic backing of the European Parliament today.

Unanimous vote upholds seven-year research budget

26-Sep-2013 @ 18:0

MEPs today voted through an agreement on the EU's next seven-year funding programme for science and research, giving the Horizon 2020 package a budget of around £60bn to take European innovation into the next decade.

Conservatives demand early Commission report on Gibraltar border investigations

26-Sep-2013 @ 15:30

Gibraltar's Conservative MEPs have called on the European Commission to make an early and "crystal clear" public statement on the findings of a fact-finding mission sent to the Spanish border.

Deva calls for UN to cut ballooning budget

26-Sep-2013 @ 12:0

Nirj Deva MEP, Vice Chairman of the European parliament's Development Committee and Conservative spokesman for International Development, today lashed out at bloated and expanding UN bureaucracy.

Cheers for UK legal action over EU bonus interference

25-Sep-2013 @ 17:0

Reacting today to news that the UK is to take legal action against the EU over its planned cap on bonuses for bank employees, Syed Kamall MEP, Conservative spokesman in the European Parliament on economic and monetary affairs, said: "I welcome this move by George Osborne and I congratulate him for standing up to Brussels.

Kamall welcomes investigative spotlight on bank accountancy standards

24-Sep-2013 @ 19:0

The European Parliament's Economic Monetary Affairs Committee today voted to press ahead with a major investigation into the international accounting standards used by banks (International Financial Reporting Standards or IFRS) and their role in the financial crisis.

Tannock report stresses need for human-rights element to Sahel strategy

24-Sep-2013 @ 17:0

Human rights abuses, sexual violence and humanitarian crisis across the Sahel region of Africa are highlighted today in a Conservative MEP's hard-hitting report.

Female directors make sense, quotas don't

18-Sep-2013 @ 17:0

Compulsion and quotas can never be the way to increase female representation in the boardrooms of Europe, MEPs were cautioned today.

Commission benchmarking intervention is impulsive and out of proportion

18-Sep-2013 @ 17:0

Plans announced by the European Commission to regulate a huge range of financial and trading benchmarks were condemned today as disproportionate and needless.

Europe's "triple key" to boosting job creation

18-Sep-2013 @ 16:0

Europe should follow the UK's example on employment by adopting a three-pronged strategy on job-creation, MEPs were told today.

Step forward in campaign to scrap the Strasbourg circus

17-Sep-2013 @ 17:0

Pressure mounted today for an end to the European Parliament's notorious "travelling circus" between Brussels and Strasbourg, with a telling vote in the legislature's Petitions Committee.

EU legal highs clampdown welcomed

17-Sep-2013 @ 12:0

Proposals to strengthen the EU's ability act against 'legal highs' have been welcomed by Conservative home affairs spokesman Timothy Kirkhope MEP.

EU sales law is a recipe for confusion

17-Sep-2013 @ 11:0

Legislation to create a so-called single European Sales Law is a recipe for confusion and uncertainty, a Conservative MEP has cautioned.

Pleasing progress for Singapore trade deal

16-Sep-2013 @ 20:0

Conservative MEP Syed Kamall today welcomed news that the planned trade deal between the European Union and Singapore has taken an important step forward.