As part of the CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) campaign to scrap the Beer Duty Escalator I took the opportunity to visit the Uley Brewery near Dursley in Gloucestershire to meet with Ken Lush, the Head Brewer. Ken very kindly showed me around the brewery and explained the hard work that goes into making their excellent ales.
7th November 2012
Another year passes and the European Union still can’t get a grip on the way it spends our money. For an astonishing 18 years, the European Court of Auditors has been unable to give the EU a clean bill of financial health. This year the Court has estimated an error rate of 3.9% in the 2011 EU accounts – a rate that is increasing year-on-year.
15th October 2012
I was pleased to learn that the Home Secretary intends to call time on our involvement with the EU Justice & Home Affairs Programme. Mrs May has made it clear that the UK will opt-out of over 130 separate pieces of EU legislation including abandoning the highly controversial EU Arrest Warrant and an EU level Public Prosecutor.
12th October 2012
A vote in the European Parliaments budget committee yesterday has put the European Parliament on a collision course with the British Government at next month's emergency summit. It was hoped that the November meeting might crack the deadlock over the European Union's next seven year budget framework that runs from 2014 until 2020, that hope now looks fragile indeed.
5th October 2012
For a whole variety of reasons people sometimes find themselves without the means to feed either themselves or their family. When this happens there is often little support. We are all used to reading tabloid stories of how they are ‘scroungers’ or have spent all their money on drugs or drink, but for the vast majority of people in this situation this isn’t the case.
27th September 2012
26th September 2012
The European Commission plans to create an entirely new regime of sales contract law to operate across Europe could inflict severe damage to the single market as the Commission is proposing introducing a new set of laws to govern cross border trade, in addition to the exisiting schemes.
21st September 2012
I have launched an e-petition to end the ridiculous "travelling circus" that sees the European Parliament shuttling back and forth between Brussels and Strasbourg on a monthly basis. This costs taxpayers millions of pounds and needlessly pumps tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere.