Peerage for Conservative MEP Timothy Kirkhope

05-Aug-2016 @ 08:30

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Peerage for Conservative MEP Timothy Kirkhope

Senior Conservative MEP Timothy Kirkhope has been awarded a peerage in David Cameron's resignation honours and promised to use his seat in the House of Lords to promote his home county of Yorkshire.

"This is a great honour and an unexpected one," said Mr Kirkhope. "It is recognition not just for me but all the Conservative MEPs who perform an important and often unheralded role in representing the UK's interests in Brussels.

"When I take up my seat in the Lords I will continue to champion Yorkshire as I have always done as an MP and MEP."

Mr Kirkhope has been MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber since 1999. He is Conservative spokesman for Justice and Home Affairs and a member of the European Parliament's delegation for relations with the United States.

He recently succeeded in steering his Passenger Name Record directive through the European Parliament. This will see air travel details shared between police and intelligence services across the EU, aiding the fight against terrorism and organised crime.

In 2009 he was a founder member and Deputy Chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group in the European Parliament.

Mr Kirkhope was MP for Leeds North East from 1987 to 1997, holding a number of posts including Home Office minister responsible for immigration, race and community relations and international policing.

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