European Parliament News

Here you can find an archive of all the news items that have been on this website.

Two Conservative MEPs appointed to European Parliament's new pesticides committee

16-Mar-2018 @ 12:00

Conservative Agriculture Spokesman Anthea McIntyre MEP and colleague Daniel Dalton MEP have been appointed to the European Parliament's special committee on pesticides.

Conservative MEPs oppose European Union "tax trespass"

15-Mar-2018 @ 12:00

Measures which would reduce the ability of Member States to set their own corporate taxes have been strongly opposed by Conservative MEPs.

"Rohingya refugees need help now. Countries must honour their pledges"

15-Mar-2018 @ 10:00

Time is running out for countries to make good on their pledges to help Rohingya refugees fleeing from Myanmar before the monsoon season arrives, a Conservative MEP warned today.

Speaking after visiting refugee camps in Bangladesh, Baroness Mobarik said it was not acceptable that 40 per cent of the initial $83 million promised by the international community to the UNHCR had still to be donated. Tomorrow the United Nations is expected to call for hundreds of millions of dollars more to be made available to deal with the humanitarian crisis.

Tariffs are not the answer to global oversupply of steel

14-Mar-2018 @ 10:00

The UK must protect its industry from President Trump's steel and aluminium tariffs, Emma McClarkin MEP told the European Parliament today.

Ashley Fox: "We have a shared interest in getting Brexit right."

13-Mar-2018 @ 12:00

Only a lack of political will and imagination will stop Britain forging a new, mutually beneficial relationship with the European Union, Conservative MEPs' leader Ashley Fox said today.

Ashley Fox welcomes Tusk's call for an ambitious free trade deal

07-Mar-2018 @ 15:45

Responding to the European Council's draft negotiating guidelines, published today, Conservative MEPs' leader Ashley Fox said:

"Donald Tusk's draft guidelines leave scope for negotiation and I am pleased to hear him echo the UK's desire to strike 'an ambitious and advanced' free trade agreement.

Ashley Fox: "The EU must now join us in positive talks"

02-Mar-2018 @ 15:00

Responding to the Prime Minister's Mansion House speech today, Conservative MEPs' leader Ashley Fox said:

“The Prime Minister has today clearly laid out the UK’s position, adding significant detail to her previous speeches in Lancaster House and Florence.

Conservative MEPs intervene to defeat threat to UK spirit industry

02-Mar-2018 @ 09:00

An EU attempt to allow a waste product from beer making to be used in whisky and other spirits has been defeated following the intervention of Conservative MEPs.

UK producers feared Scotch whisky's reputation for quality would have been damaged by a rule change enabling alcohol from de-alcoholised beers to be included in spirits. Currently manufacturers must use agricultural raw materials only.

More EU action urged to tackle terrorist funding

01-Mar-2018 @ 13:00

Cutting off funding to extremist groups is a key tool in the fight against terrorism, Conservative Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Tannock told MEPs today.

Conservative MEPs back crackdown on terrorist funding

21-Feb-2018 @ 12:00

Conservative MEPs have helped shape proposals to cut the flow of money to jihadist radicals.

Bashir: Rohingya refugees need international guarantees

16-Feb-2018 @ 15:00

Rohingya refugees cannot safely return to their homes without international guarantees and monitoring, Conservative MEP Amjad Bashir said today after visiting Myanmar.

Potential for Colombia trade is enormous, says Conservative MEP

14-Feb-2018 @ 16:00

Trade with the European Union and the UK will help Colombia enjoy a peace dividend following the end of its long running armed conflict with the FARC rebels, Conservative joint trade spokesman David Campbell Bannerman MEP said today.

Conservative MEPs help defeat EU attempt to control time

08-Feb-2018 @ 13:00

Conservative MEPs today helped thwart attempts by the European Parliament to scrap the twice yearly clock change.

A call to discontinue the current system, which sees the clocks advanced an hour across the EU on the last Sunday in March and turned back on the last Sunday in October, was defeated.

Kamall: EU must address its "shocking" lack of racial diversity

07-Feb-2018 @ 15:00

The EU has been urged to put its house in order and address a "shocking" lack of racial diversity in the European institutions.

Speaking today in a European Parliament debate on rising socio-economic inequalities, Conservative MEP Syed Kamall, leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists group, pointed out the EU was still often accused of being a rich white man's club.

Van Orden: We must support Zimbabwe if free and fair elections are assured

07-Feb-2018 @ 12:00

Speaking in the European Parliament's debate on Zimbabwe Geoffrey Van Orden MEP said the international community should give the country every support if free and fair democratic elections are assured.

MEPs are turning pesticides into a political football

06-Feb-2018 @ 12:00

The licensing of pesticides continues to be used as a political football following the establishment today of a special European Parliament committee.

Sitting for nine months, committee members will examine the scientific evaluation of glyphosate, the world's most commonly used weed killer which was relicensed for five years by the EU in December after months of uncertainty. They will also consider wider issues around the authorisation of pesticides.

Ground breaking ideas proposed to tackle poverty

26-Jan-2018 @ 01:00

A "do tank" to promote new ways of tackling poverty was amongst ideas floated at a high-level conference in London today.

New database will close a crime fighting loophole

25-Jan-2018 @ 11:00

New measures to improve the sharing of criminal records information between EU Member States strike the right balance between security and individual rights.

Global summit explores grassroots solutions to poverty

23-Jan-2018 @ 11:00

A major conference exploring how grassroots projects can provide lasting solutions to world poverty is taking place in London on Friday.

Projekt Hansa launched to boost trade across northern Europe

23-Jan-2018 @ 10:00

Today Conservative MEP Rupert Matthews launched Projekt Hansa to promote trade, tourism and develop cultural links across northern Europe.