MAY / JUNE 2012
Challenging the President of Peru on Human Rights.
President Ollanta Humala of Peru addressed parliament, in a week when the EU-Peru/Colombia Trade Agreement was discussed.
The EU - Replacing National Diplomacy.
I am almost starting to feel sorry for Cathy Ashton, as the only positive comments that are made about or to her come from the British Labour MEPs or President Barroso. She has been absent from the Parliament for some time now, and so we were treated to a whole afternoon of statements from her, which presented us with multiple opportunities for us to question her. The Earl of Dartmouth and myself also took the opportunity to have fun at the expense of Labour MEP Richard Howitt.
A Sickening Practice.
Parliament debated the subject of female genital mutilation. Before the debate I did a little research of my own into the matter, and what I learned horrified me. I will not go into details, but this sickening abuse is inflicted on girls as young as 3 years. This is in the name of religious and cultural 'traditions'. The UN will debate this at its forthcoming 67th assembly. This barbaric practice is inflicted on between 500 - 2000 British girls each year. Often they are sent abroad for the purpose. This is indefensible and it must be stopped. The police and the CPS must not be constrained by political correctness, and should enforce the law.
Dangerous French Products.
Some years ago, the US government issued a health warning on certain breast implants manufactured in France. The French government paid no heed to this, and has allowed the manufacture to continue. The implants in question are six times more likely to rupture than comparable products, but the good news is that it now appears that they do not cause cancer. The important lesson here is that we are now in a 'single market' along with countries that do not have the same standards as we do. We should be protected from dangerous products that are now flowing into Britain.
A Delicious Moment......
It is no secret that I love football, and am enjoying every moment of Euro 2012. Can you imagine how wonderful it felt to be in a bar in Strasbourg, the only person wearing an England shirt, surrounded by hordes of noisy French fans ... and England scored!
EU Single Market Act Simply doesn't work for UK Businesses and Jobs
This week in Strasbourg, the attention of most people was focussed on the informal summit taking place on Wednesday in Brussels.
EU is part of the problem of youth unemployment - not the solution
EU continues to throw good money after bad, strangling job creation
Small businesses are being strangled by unncessary EU regulation
Campaign For A Referendum NEW Petition
We achieved our first goal of collecting 120,000+ signatures gaining the debate in Parliament we wanted on 24th October 2011. To keep the pressure on the government, we started a NEW petition on 31st October 2011. The aim is to collect as many signatures as we can in 12 months. Please register your signature on the link below even if you signed the previous petition.