11th July 2012

 

I was delighted to hear that Bournemouth Airport has unveiled a new ten year £60 million investment plan that will create more than 1,000 new jobs for the county. These will come from the construction, expansion and setting up of new businesses that will include new industrial units, warehouses, distribution facilities and hangars.

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8th July 2012

 

The Prime Minister is right to talk about holding a referendum on Britain's relationship with the European Union. He is also right that this shouldn't take place until after the next General Election.

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2nd July 2012

 

The EU once again proves to be out of touch as it proposes a 6.8% increase to its budget next year. This is in contrast with Britain and other member states that are raising taxes and cutting public expenditure in order to reduce their deficits.

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25th June 2012

 

I recently met with the Managing Director of South West Lakes Trust at Roadford Lake in West Devon. The Trust manages over 50 inland lakes and reservoirs and was awarded the Queen’s Medal for sustainable Tourism. Our meeting focused on the need to invest in the British Tourist Industry by building on the good work already being done at sites like Roadford Lake.

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13th June 2012

 

Argentina has an outstanding debt owed to the World Bank of 16.2 billion dollars. The total of the UK’s share of Argentinian debt through the World Bank exceeds £225 million pounds. In an age of austerity this is certainly money that is much needed.

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8th June 2012

 

After a long delay the court case on the future of the Fox Ammendment has finally begun. The French government has appealled to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg to annul a key vote by MEPs, who last year voted to merge two of their October parliamentary sessions into one week in Strasbourg to save costs.

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30th May 2012

 

On November 10th 1989 the Berlin Wall came down heralding the end of the Communist era. Living standards for most residents of Eastern Europe were to rise sharply over the following two decades, although this did not extend to conditions in some of Eastern Europe’s zoos.

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15th May 2012

 

I was pleased to hear that the European Union is about to file a suit against Argentina in the World Trade Organization (WTO). If, as I expect, the EU wins, Argentina will face 'very serious trade sanctions'.

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14th May 2012

 

Last week Conservative MEPs were partially successful in their attempts to hold the European Commission to account for the way in which they spend our money.

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11th May 2012

 

Earlier this week the European Parliament was asked to approve the EU's 2010 accounts and, once again, Conservative MEPs have refused to do so as a part of our commitment to fight against the waste that is so prevalent in the EU’s budget.

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30th April 2012

 

Dear Reader,

 

The Referendum on whether Bristol should have a directly elected Mayor would fundamentally change the way in which our city is governed. Having read the arguments of those opposing such a change I am struck by how weak their arguments are.

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