News Releases | 2014

Conservatives dismayed by European Court's visa verdict

18-Dec-2014 @ 10:30

Conservative MEPs today expressed dismay over a European Court of Justice ruling rejecting Britain's visa policy for foreign spouses of EU citizens.

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Sales law shift follows Conservative pressure

17-Dec-2014 @ 17:0

The European Commission has agreed to scale down and refocus plans for a Common European Sales Law (CESL).

Ashworth: Budget compromise fails to address the big problems

17-Dec-2014 @ 13:0

Conservative MEPs today opposed a compromise budget package for the European Union.

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Tannock: Hamas verdict wrong and potentially dangerous

17-Dec-2014 @ 12:30

A pronouncement by European judges striking Hamas from an EU international list of banned terrorist organisation was condemned today as inappropriate and potentially dangerous if not rapidly reversed.

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Kamall: The money is there and this EU summit needs to focus on unlocking it

17-Dec-2014 @ 12:15

Strasbourg, 17th December 2014 -- Tomorrow's EU summit is right to ask how it can break down barriers to private investment in Europe, but leaders cannot talk about competition in Brussels yet fail to reform their own economies at home, Syed Kamall MEP said today in a debate with the Commission President.

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Conservatives challenge market-distorting Air France worker bailout

16-Dec-2014 @ 19:0

Conservative MEPs today opposed French demands for a multi-million pound bailout to offset the redundancy obligations of ailing Air France.

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Ford on Commission's work in 2015: The economy must come first

16-Dec-2014 @ 18:15

Strasbourg, 16th December 2014 -- The European Commission has today presented its Work Programme for 2015, the first of the new European Commission's term of office. It prioritises 23 initiatives aimed at 'big' issues such as investment, the digital single market, energy security, migration and monetary union. However, the programme also proposes the withdrawal or amendment of 80 proposals.

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Juncker urged not to drop air quality legislation

11-Dec-2014 @ 17:0

A leaked EU Commission document published in Brussels today suggests that President Jean-Claude Juncker has decided to drop a planned directive on air quality.

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Deva: Aid and trade are key to a better Pakistan

04-Dec-2014 @ 18:0

Improving and deepening relations between the EU and Pakistan were in the agenda during a visit to Lahore today by Nirj Deva, Conservative MEP for the South East of the England and Vice-Chairman of the European Parliament’s Development Committee.

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Conservative MEPs condemn Spanish bullying over new air rules

04-Dec-2014 @ 12:0

Conservative MEPs reacted angrily today to moves by Spain to block an ambitious Europe-wide aviation agreement...unless Gibraltar is excluded.

Commissioners warned: Time for hard decisions on responsible budgeting

01-Dec-2014 @ 9:0

The EU Commission has been warned it is time for tough choices to bridge the widening gap between its spending commitments and available money.

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Ford: Don't try to pre-empt competition inquiry

27-Nov-2014 @ 11:30

Politicians should step back from official inquiries into competition matters and not attempt to pre-empt them, a senior British MEP cautioned today.

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Kamall: More detail needed to ensure EU investment package unlocks private growth

26-Nov-2014 @ 14:15

President Juncker's €315bn EU Investment Package needs to unlock private investment, but it cannot be a substitute for economic reforms that will encourage more private investment into Europe's economy, Syed Kamall, leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group said this morning.

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Campaigning MEP elected to lead Tories in Brussels

25-Nov-2014 @ 14:15

Ashley Fox is the new leader of Britain's 19 Conservative MEPs.

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Conservatives fight derailment of key anti-terror deal

25-Nov-2014 @ 12:45

Conservative MEPs today condemned attempts in the European Parliament to derail plans for an important new security agreement to boost counter-terrorism.

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Kamall: "Bonus ruling will alienate Britain"

20-Nov-2014 @ 11:0

Today's legal advice  on bankers' bonuses risks driving a further wedge between Britain and the EU, a senior Conservative said.

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Better focus, not more spending, is answer to budget stalemate

18-Nov-2014 @ 12:15

Three weeks of intense negotiation over the European Union's 2015 budget ended in stalemate last night.

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Conservative MEPs welcome Prime Minister’s commitment on TTIP

17-Nov-2014 @ 14:0

Conservatives in the European Parliament today hailed a pledge by the Prime Minister's to put "rocket boosters" behind the planned EU-US trade deal.

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Tackling London's patchy mobile problem

17-Nov-2014 @ 13:30

Today London MEP Syed Kamall launches a hi-tech campaign to tackle poor mobile reception across London.

The innovative No Bars campaign will harness information direct from Londoners themselves to pinpoint and highlight areas of poor phone reception.

The crowd-sourced data will build into an interactive map showing where so co-called "not spots" leave mobile-users struggling for a signal.

Dr Kamall will use information the information gathered to pressure providers and politicians to get to grips with the problem.

The Conservative MEP said: "A first class global city should not have to put up with third rate communications. To lead the world, we must be able to speak to the world – whichever part of town we happen to be in.

"People find it infuriating when they rely on their phones, but then find it difficult or impossible to make a simple call or access emails or the internet.

“London is the most important communications hub in the world. It  is unacceptable that so much of the city has a poor signal or no signal at all. Londoners are increasingly angry about it.”

Through the campaign, frustrated callers can now access a user-generated map showing the holes or ‘not spots’ in London’s mobile phone networks. They can quickly add the places where their network has let them down. The map is the centrepiece of the ‘No Bars’ campaign.

The campaign will let customers, instead of the network service providers, set the agenda on mobile-signal coverage. By comparing information from phone users across the city a clear and complete picture of the daily failings of each network service provider can be obtained.

All that a frustrated phone user needs to do is visit www.nobarscampaign.co.uk and stick a pin on the interactive map to show where the phone signal on their network is poor or non-existent.

Dr Kamall said: “Londoners rely on mobile phones to keep in touch with their children when they are out with their friends. They are a lifeline for sick and elderly people, and are essential for the modern workplace. It’s frustrating when we are let down by poor service."

The campaign data will be collated into a report which Dr Kamall will present to the Government, the Mayor of London and the network providers, demanding they address this serious problem.


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Conservatives decry Juncker U-turn on key science role

13-Nov-2014 @ 15:45

Conservative MEPs reacted with dismay today after the new president of the European Commission scrapped the key role of Chief Scientific Adviser.

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