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Cod pieces and butter mountains

This is my MEP Robert Sturdy’s latest report from Brussels and includes reforms of the Commons Fisheries Policy and butter mountains: The European Commission is muddying our waters again unnecessarily. This time, it is our recreational sea anglers who face the full extent of their ridiculous bureaucracy which could have a considerable impact in the Eastern region which I represent. It...
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Who can bail out the charities?

I have just signed up for an excellent one-day conference aimed at helping charities overcome some of the huge challenges they face today in order to survive. I am attending in my role as chair of trustees for Headway Cambridgeshire, which supports those with an acquired brain injury, and their carers. Surely never before has the need for charities been greater, particularly those aimed at...
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Enjoying my new iPhone

My new best friend is very slinky and creative and never fails to  amuse me. I’m hoping she won’t get me lost either with her satellite prowess. I’m talking about my fabulous iPhone which I have had for a week now and is simplicity itself. Apple has to be credited for providing superb customer service to tempt buyers. I booked a personal shopping session in Cambridge and...
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Sarkozy and the future of journalism

Is it just money down the drain? I am a news junkie and love the printed media. But I love citizen journalism too and the social media. So I was fascinated to read that the a very generous French President Nicholas Sarkozy is pumping 600 million euros in emergency aid into France’s troubled newspaper industry. He has declared that every 18-year-old in France will get a free newspaper of...
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Pesticides, Russian oil and the Czech presidency

This is all in a week’s work for my MEP Robert Sturdy. Please read and enjoy his latest report from Strasbourg: R.I.P the British carrot. Yes, the nation’s third favourite culinary vegetable is quite possibly facing the chop. The big news came last week when the European Parliament voted for tough new rules governing the use of pesticides in European crop farming. The Parliament...
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Good luck President Obama

Good luck Mr President. You will need  more than luck to live up to the high expectations of world leaders who are pinning their hopes on you improving relationships globally, as well as your countrymen who voted for change. You are expected to be a miracle worker and deliver. Your qualities, intelligence and ability to connect have inspired millions of Americans who are today witnessing...
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BNP shamed for subversive booking in Norfolk

The far right British National Party has been named and shamed for using subversive tactics when booking a meeting room in Norfolk under the pseudonym Broadland Historical Society. An email was sent to sent to members planning to attend the meeting at the White Horse in Trowse, near Norwich stating: “We are in the downstairs meeting room. Use the entrance in the car park… The meeting...
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UK govt urged to fight pesticide ban

Disappointingly, Conservative MEPs, even with the support of the UK government and NFU, were today unable to prevent a ban on the use of a large number of pesticides in the European Union. The ban was approved by the European Parliament today, despite warnings from my MEP Robert Sturdy that an overzealous approach would reduce yields of a number of foods including carrots, cereals, potatoes,...
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The changing face of Britain’s High Street

The future of Britain’s High Street is in our hands. It’s no good moaning if we lose our unique and distinctive independent shops, including those friendly book stores with heaving shelves. Like me, you might have a favourite book shop you would hate to lose. An independent book shop has a totally different atmosphere to a chain. It is much cosier and staff are always well informed....
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My one weakness, and other news

I’ve been unashamedly stocking up on 100 watt light bulbs because I can’t live without them in my office. I only use one, or two at the most,  in my house. I need them because my eyesight is not brilliant and I can’t function in a dimly lit room. I first wrote about the withdrawal of our traditional light bulbs back in February 2007. And now, two years later, there are still...
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