News Releases | 2015

Call to action on Missing Children's Day

22-May-2015 @ 17:00

 If you do one thing on Bank Holiday Monday – make sure you sign up to the international alert system that saves children's lives.

Duncan – Scottish Government breaking EU fishing law

21-May-2015 @ 11:0

Ian Duncan MEP has demanded an urgent explanation from the Scottish Government over their refusal to store and transport discarded fish. Ian has been informed by the Shetland Fishermen´s Association that Marine Scotland deny financial responsibility, claiming that it is for fishermen to dispose of the fish, despite it being written into EU Law.   The Discard ban was brought in at the start of this year as part of reforms to the EU's Common Fisheries Policy, and aims to resolve issues around the storage of fish that cannot be sold. Last month Ian brought forward an amendment to the ban, backed by the European Parliament´s Fisheries Committee, giving fishermen a two-year "grace period" to adapt to the ban.  The Discard ban also requires that

Conservatives call for sound sense on conflict minerals, not grandstanding

20-May-2015 @ 16:45

Eye-catching headlines are no substitute for sound legislation and a measured approach, Conservatives warned in Strasbourg today as MEPs voted on the issue of so-called conflict minerals.

Urgent action needed to end the Vatmoss devastation

19-May-2015 @ 9:45

Conservative MEPs today issued an urgent call to the EU and its Governments to address devastating problems caused by new rules for VAT collection.

Kirkhope: EU asylum-quota bid will meet a resolute response from British Conservatives

11-May-2015 @ 12:0

A senior Conservative MEP has called for cool heads and British resolve in response to an expected call from the EU Commission for the UK to take a mandatory quota of refugees trying to reach Europe from North Africa.

Commission proposals on VAT rules a step in the right direction

06-May-2015 @ 12:45

Conservative MEPs have given a cautious welcome to proposals from the European Commission to ease the burden on microbusinesses caused by cross-border EU VAT rules.

Duncan Welcomes Agreement on Carbon Market Reform

06-May-2015 @ 9:30

Conservative Energy Spokesman Ian Duncan MEP has welcomed an agreement being reached on the market stability reserve (MSR).

Strasbourg vote exposes Labour's migration duplicity

29-Apr-2015 @ 18:0

Labour's MEPs today laid bare their party's "say one thing then do another" approach to the EU and immigration.

Conservative MEPs lead call for greater budgetary discipline

29-Apr-2015 @ 16:45

Conservative MEPs have today refused to discharge the 2013 accounts of EU institutions, as the Commission continues to show no sign of applying proper budgetary discipline.

MEPs back Conservative support for fishermen over discard ban

28-Apr-2015 @ 18:0

Conservative fisheries spokesman Ian Duncan has welcomed today's vote in the European Parliament which will give fishermen two years to adjust to new rules banning the discarding of caught fish but has warned that the Scottish Government must support fishermen to implement the changes.

Compulsory spy-in-the-car system bad for road safety

28-Apr-2015 @ 14:30

Conservative MEPs today (Tues) are opposing EU legislation which would force all cars to include controversial satellite-tracking technology that broadcasts a locator signal in the event of an accident.

Conservative MEP heads off "crazy" regulation of washing up gloves and umbrellas

23-Apr-2015 @ 12:15

Meddling EU plans to regulate everyday household items such as umbrellas and washing up gloves in the same way as industrial safety equipment have been blocked.

Commission's GM cave-in: submission dressed up as subsidiarity

22-Apr-2015 @ 16:30

Conservative MEP's reacted angrily today to EU Commission plans to let individual countries ban GM food and animal feed.

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Bio-fuels compromise safeguards jobs and investment

14-Apr-2015 @ 18:30

 Bio-fuels compromise safeguards jobs and investment

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Duncan Slams Labour for Risking Oil and Gas Jobs

14-Apr-2015 @ 12:45

   Ian Duncan MEP has launched a scathing attack on the UK Labour Party for opposing common-sense plans to protect North Sea Oil and Gas from European meddling.

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Welcome for Prime Minister’s push on ‘VATmess’ at EU summit

19-Mar-2015 @ 11:30

 A senior MEP campaigning to change new EU rules on VAT, that have caused a number of very small online businesses to stop trading, has welcomed the planned intervention by Prime Minister David Cameron at today’s EU summit.

Campaign to cut EU red tape gains momentum

17-Mar-2015 @ 15:30

The campaign to remove red tape and cut EU bureaucracy secured a major victory today when supporters won a series of votes in the European Parliament's committee for the Single Market.

No megatrucks on UK roads, after Conservatives secure UK exemption

10-Mar-2015 @ 14:30

There will be no 'mega-trucks' on Britain's roads thanks to decisive action by the Conservative Transport Spokesman in the European Parliament, Jacqueline Foster MEP.

EU Fishing Committee ‘overwhelmingly' backs Duncan Discard plan

10-Mar-2015 @ 14:0

In a near unanimous vote the European Parliament’s Fishing Committee has backed Ian Duncan MEP’s plan for a workable fish discard ban.