European Parliament News

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

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. 

Labour backs "crazy" fuel ban which would threaten 6,000 UK jobs

17-Jan-2018 @ 01:00

Labour MEPs were under fire today for potentially jeopardising jobs and the drive for renewable energy at Yorkshire's giant Drax power plant.

ECR spells out its priorities for the EU to Bulgarian PM.

17-Jan-2018 @ 10:00

Challenging Russian aggression, tackling migration and promoting organisational reform should sit alongside Brexit as the EU's priorities over the next six months.

Labour MEPs vote to undermine the sovereignty of UK waters

16-Jan-2018 @ 16:00

Labour MEPs backed a report today in the European Parliament which recommends weakening the UK's control over its waters. The proposals call for restrictions to be imposed that would prevent countries from extracting resources from their sovereign waters.

Syed Kamall: People expect us to sort out Brexit

16-Jan-2018 @ 11:00

European Union negotiators must decide whether they want a Brexit deal that prioritises people or the EU project, the UK's most senior MEP said today. Conservative MEP Syed Kamall, co-leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, told the European Parliament that voters were watching to see whether politicians were capable of putting the interests of ordinary people ahead of their own.

Ashley Fox: Commission should follow UK's example on Poland

21-Dec-2017 @ 16:00

Speaking as British Prime Minister Theresa May visited Poland today, 24 hours after the European Commission's controversial decision to invoke Article 7 against the country, Conservative MEPs' leader Ashley Fox said: 

Ashley Fox: “We fully expect Gibraltar to be part of the transition period.”

20-Dec-2017 @ 12:00

Responding to the European Commission's proposed negotiating mandate today, Conservative MEP for the South West and Gibraltar, Ashley Fox, said: “We fully expect Gibraltar to be part of the transition period and for the EU to be cooperative in negotiating this arrangement. It's in no-one's interest that Gibraltar suddenly leaves the EU in March 2019 without time for businesses and workers to adapt.

MEPs back Conservative plan to end Rohingya crisis

14-Dec-2017 @ 12:00

Conservative MEPs' call for an inter-governmental summit to end the ongoing persecution of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims was backed today by the European Parliament.