12th April 2012
I was delighted to read of the Prime Minister's successful trade visit to Indonesia and of the deal between Airbus and Garuda Indonesian Airlines. This is good news for the UK aerospace industry and will safeguard jobs at the design facility at Filton. It is testament to the expertise of Airbus’ British workforce and a vote of confidence in Britain’s manufacturing base.
Our Prime Minister is absolutely right in promoting trade with the world's fastest growing economies. We need to export our way out of our current economic difficulties and David Cameron is leading the way.
26th March 2012
The European Commission has published a report claiming that a Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) in the EU would save each member state 50 per cent of its annual contributions to Europe. The Commission's figures suggest that the UK would save more than €7 billion a year.
8th March 2012
I recently visited Olveston in South Gloucestershire to see the site of the proposed Ecotricity wind farm. I met with members of the Olveston Wind farm Action Group (OWAG), including Ian Thompson, Councillor Brian Hopkinson and Councillor Sarah Pomfret, who are campaigning against this wind farm.
2nd March 2012
As we approach the 30th anniversary of the Falkland’s War, the Argentinian Government has upped their rhetoric to try and force the UK into discussing the issue of sovereignty. What President Kirchner fails to realise is that like Gibraltarians, the Falkland Islanders have the right to decide their own destiny. The Falklands are British because that is what the Falkland Islanders want. Until they change their view there is nothing to discuss.
27th February 2012
Pensioners in the UK could be hit by a 20 per cent cut in their incomes if planned new EU capital rules for pension funds go ahead, Conservative MEPs have repeatedly warned.
British Conservatives in the European Parliament are staunchly resisting EU plans which could devalue British pensions and force major insurance companies to move abroad.
14th January 2012 - courtesy of Western Morning News (www.thisisdevon.co.uk)
The work of a Westcountry charity that uses horses to improve the lives of disabled people has been highly commended.
The Conquest Centre for Disabled Riders, in Taunton, received a visit from South West MEP Ashley Fox yesterday who praised the work the staff at the centre were doing to enhance disabled people's lives.
10th January 2012
I will be visiting the Conquest Centre for Disabled Riders near Taunton on Friday 13th January. The Conquest Centre is a leading charity dedicated to providing outstanding riding tuition and therapy to adults and children with all kinds of disabilities in a purpose built Centre in Norton Fitzwarren.
The outstanding work that the Conquest Centre does in providing tuition to over 170 disabled riders every week should be highly commended. I hope to learn more on how the horse riding provides three dimensional interaction that can improve both the psychological and physical state of participants.