News Releases | 2013

Conservative message on financing SMEs is getting through

02-May-2013 @ 16:00

Anthea McIntyre MEP today welcomed a "useful step forward" in her drive to get better access to finance for small businesses. 

Welcome for Syria aid boost

27-Apr-2013 @ 17:0

Nirj Deva MEP, Conservative spokesman on international development in the European Parliament, today warmly welcomed a promise of €100m extra for humanitarian aid in war-torn Syria.

Welcome for key findings of Lords' EU fraud report

17-Apr-2013 @ 11:0

The House of Lords European UnionCommittee today (April 17) published its report on The Fight Against Fraud onthe EU's finances.
It concludes that the amount of fraudacknowledged by the European Commission at €404 million offers "only a glimpse"of the true level. The real figure is close to a staggering €5 billion, itsuggests.
Conservative MEPs Timothy Kirkhope and MartaAndreasen were among those who supplied evidence to the committee enquiry toinform its findings.
Welcoming the report's key findings today,Philip Bradbourn MEP, Conservative spokesman on budgetary control in theEuropean Parliament, said: "This hard-hitting report reinforces whatConservative MEPs have been hilighting for a long, long time - that fraud andmisuse of money is simply not taken seriously enough within theEU.
"It has been alllowed to throw its roots wideand deep while some people look the other way. The problem is far worse than hasbeen admitted.
"This is powereful justification for ourlong-standing demand that the EU should have a commissioner dedicated full timeto budget control - one charged not just with monitoring performance but withreal powers to investigate and root out fraud right across theunion."

Kirkhope: Consistent approach will drive down montrous trade in human life

16-Apr-2013 @ 15:0

Senior Conservative MEP Timothy Kirkhope today calledon all EU countries to adopt a serious and consistent approach to tackling humantrafficking after a new study showed thecrime increasing while convictions fell.

25 years on, Margaret Thatcher's Bruges speech still shows the way forward

16-Apr-2013 @ 14:15

Speaking in a debate on the Future of Europe with Finnish Prime MinisterKatainen, European Conservatives and Reformists group leader Martin Callanansaid that Margaret Thatcher's 1988 Bruges speech was still strikingly relevantto the debate.

MEPs fail to support fairer deal for women drivers

16-Apr-2013 @ 14:0

MEPs fail to support fairer deal for women drivers

Big step forward in fight against cyber crime

16-Apr-2013 @ 13:0

Big step forward in fight against cyber crime

Tories rebut Farage's mischievous claim to Maggie legacy

15-Apr-2013 @ 19:0

Conservative MEPs today batted aside an attempt by Nigel Farage to claim that his party were the successors to Lady Thatcher's heritage.

Harbour welcomes end to excessive credit card charges

11-Apr-2013 @ 18:0

Harbour welcomes end to excessive credit card charges

Safer, cheaper and more environmentally friendly boats and jet skis after European Parliament vote

10-Apr-2013 @ 15:0

A new law that would make boats and jet skis safer and greener have sailed through the European Parliament today. The proposals on so-called recreational craft and personal watercraft have been steered through the Parliament by European Conservatives and Reformists Group Member Malcolm Harbour.

The new standards revise boat categories to base them on their tolerance to wind force and wave height. At present they are merely categorised according to the expected conditions of use – such as ‘in shore use’ or ‘on the high seas’.

Baroness Thatcher: tribute from Conservative MEPs' leader Richard Ashworth

08-Apr-2013 @ 16:0

Baroness Thatcher: tribute from Conservative MEPs' leader Richard Ashworth
Richard Ashworth, leader of the UK's Conservative MEPs, today said: "Baroness Thatcher was an inspiration to a generation.
"Her vision and leadership almost single-handedly transformed a dysfunctional economy. In alliance with President Reagan she helped re-shape our world.
"What is more, she taught Britain to have a pride in itself once again.

Fresh evidence of FTT damage

03-Apr-2013 @ 13:0

New research on the potential impact of  the EU's planned Financial Transactions Tax is further evidence that the move is ill-conceived and will create unintended damage.

Battle lines drawn to resist fresh EU budget cash grab

27-Mar-2013 @ 13:0

Conservative MEPs today pledgedto fiercely resist a bid by The European Commission to add an extra €11.2bn tothe EU budget for 2013. 

Transparency and flexibility are keys to audit reform

26-Mar-2013 @ 15:0

Reform of Europe's auditrules must encourage much greater transparency and openness as well as betterquality of audit, a conference in the European Parliament heard today.

Welcome for green-city challenge

26-Mar-2013 @ 13:0

Scots Conservative MEP Struan Stevenson todaywelcomed Glasgow's nomination as a contender city to be Europe's annual greencapital.

EU 'sanctions' on Mugabe's inner circle to be relaxed

22-Mar-2013 @ 14:0

Following what southern African observers have described as a 'peaceful and credible' referendum on Zimbabwe's
Constitution, there are now moves to lift the EU 'restrictive measures' on most of the Mugabe supporters that had previously been banned from Europe and had their assets frozen. Only 10 individuals (from the 91 previously banned) and two companies will remain on the list.

EU ban on deep water trawls will harm Scottish fishing industry, says MEP

21-Mar-2013 @ 16:0

Struan Stevensonhas responded to yesterday’s vote in the European Parliament’s EnvironmentCommittee  to ban deep water trawling at depths below 200 metres saying thatsuch a move would seriously harm the Scottish fishingindustry.

Conservative negotiator vows to resist "misdirected" proposals on fund-manager bonuses

21-Mar-2013 @ 13:0

The European Parliament's Economic and Monetary AffairsCommittee today approved by a small majority plans to cap the bonuses earned byinvestment fund managers.

Spotlight thrown on protectionist Russian import ban

21-Mar-2013 @ 12:0

The controversial issue of a planned Russian import ban on agricultural goods was raised today by Conservative MEP Robert Sturdy today inthe European Parliament in Brussels.

Conservatives condemn "wrongheaded" proposal to cap fund-manager bonuses

19-Mar-2013 @ 13:0

An EU plan to extend bonus-capping powers into the field of investment management has been condemned by Conservative MEPs