16th May 2013
I am repeatedly appalled by some of my MEP colleagues and their never ending demands for more taxpayers' money. Earlier this year, David Cameron successfully negotiated with other Heads of Government to reduce the EU budget for the first time in 56 years.
8th April 2013
I joined the Conservative Party because I was inspired by Margaret Thatcher's leadership. She is my political hero and one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century. She brought Britain back from the brink of bankruptcy, helped win the Cold war and once again assured our country a leading role in global politics.
18th March 2013
Proposed changes to the Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) service could lead to the closure of the Coastguard facility in Portland. This was the message expressed by Dorset County Councillor Tim Munro, and Borough Councillors Ian Munro-Price and Ian Bruce, to South West MEP, Ashley Fox, when he visited the threatened airbase last week.
15th March 2013
In what can only be described as federalist idiocy the the European Commission this week proposed that the UK be forced to hold next year’s European Elections on a Sunday - in order to encourage us all to feel ‘more European’. They clearly haven't spoken to many of my constituents.
14th March 2013
Last year Weymouth hosted the Olympic sailing regattas and so played an important part in the greatest sporting competition in recent British history. To discuss how the Olympic legacy and new technologies can be used to promote the local Tourist industry I went to meet with County Councillor Andy Cooke, Cllr Ian Bruce (Brief-holder for Tourism on Weymouth Borough Council) and representatives of Resort Marketing and Getaway Digital.
11th March 2013
I watch the preparations for the Falklands Referendum on whether the Islanders wish to remain British with interest. There are numerous parallels between these islands in the South Atlantic and the ‘Rock’ of Gibraltar. Both territories are populated by people who want to remain British. Both are threatened by a foreign power that wishes to change that relationship without their consent.
4th March 2013
I recently had the pleasure of visiting the Barn Owl Centre near Gloucester to see the good work that the Charity are doing to reintroduce injured wild owls back into the wild and ensuring that unwanted domesticated owls have round the clock care. The Centre sits on a twelve acre farm to the south of Gloucester City and currently has over sixty-five owls and other birds of prey on in their care.
4th March 2013
I recently visited Honda, which currently employs 3500 workers at its large industrial site in Swindon, to discuss the impact that the European economic downturn is having upon its operation. This was especially poignant in the wake of Honda’s announcement to reduce its workforce by 800.
21st February 2013
Since the European Council agreed to cut the EU budget for the first time in 56 years, the European Parliament has been posturing and positioning itself to stand against the wishes of national governments. Some MEPs are now talking of holding a secret ballot in an effort to thwart the wishes of Member States.