11th February 2011
Latest European Parliament research suggests that 70% of MEPs want to drop Strasbourg. Moving to one seat instead of the current Travelling circus would save UK taxpayers £28 million a year.
The figures are contained in a report called "A Tale of Two Cities" that was released this week. It says the treaty requirement to meet in Strasbourg at least a dozen times a year costs an extra £150 million annually and uses up about 19,000 tonnes of CO2 a year unnecessarily in air and road travel.
Local Conservative MEP Ashley Fox said:
"The report not only makes clear what a huge and unnecessary waste of time and resources it is for the European Parliament to have a seat both in Brussels and in Strasbourg, as Conservatives have always argued, but it also shows a dramatic change in sentiment amongst MEPs towards one seat for the European Parliament in Brussels.
"Estimates suggest that having two seats for the European Parliament currently costs the British taxpayer £28 million per year and also means that 20,000 extra tonnes of carbon dioxide are emitted each year in the process. Even before these times of austerity there is simply no justification for such colossal waste.
"European Labour Leader in Brussels Martin Schultz dismissed the report as 'a waste of time' and has repeatedly stated his opposition to ending the Strasbourg travelling circus. I would certainly hope that the British Labour Party does not share the view of Mr Schultz and will support Conservative Campaigns to end this colossal waste of money."