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Let’s end the Strasbourg travelling circus

I’m delighted to hear my MEP Robert Sturdy speaking sound common sense and renewing calls to abolish the European Parliament sitting in Strasbourg following research which concluded that 70% of MEPs want to end their enforced visits there. Robert has vigorously campaigned for 17 years against the present system of travelling from Brussels to France at least a dozen times a year to vote on...
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European Parliament needs security shake-up

My MEP Robert Sturdy has called for the sacking of the security company at the European Parliament in Brussels following an armed robbery; its third major security breach in two years. That makes sense to me. If this had happened in Westminster, I am sure that would happen. Parliament.com reports that two men, one of them armed, held up the post office in parliament last Friday and reportedly...
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A lady can never have too many shoes …

I have a pile of colourful shoes to choose from for every occasion and outfit, and I am sure I am not alone. So it is good news to hear that shoes will now be cheaper, thanks to the ending of the so-called ‘Shoes War’ which my MEP Robert Sturdy has campaigned against as Conservative International Trade spokesman in the European Parliament. It appears that the punitive EU duties on...
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Illegal timber harvests, AIDS treatment and bankers’ bonuses – a week in the life of Robert Sturdy MEP

This is Eastern Region MEP Robert’s Sturdy’s latest report from the European Parliament sitting in Strasbourg, which tackled issues including illegally harvested timber, AIDS treatment and new rules for bankers’ bonuses: It is often the case that the plenary sessions in Strasbourg before the European Parliament’s summer recess are extremely busy, and last week was no...
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Why working in Tenerife is not an MEPs “junket”

When you are an MEP you have to attend meeting throughout the European Union. And that includes Tenerife. So today’s story front page “exclusive” splash in The Express, “Climate MEPs live it up in Tenerife” is way off the mark and misleading. My MEP Robert Sturdy is one of those who has travelled there. After all, Tenerife is part of Spain which is in the European...
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Robert Sturdy supports ivory ban

My MEP Robert Sturdy is urging the UK government to support a ban prohibiting the sale of existing ivory stock by two African countries as he fears it could lead to the slaughter of more elephants and possible extinction. Robert, who sits on both the International Trade Committee and the Sustainable Hunting Intergroup where this has been discussed, believes the European Parliament should...
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No wonder supermarkets are so rich

I have a savoury tooth, rather than sweet, and often enjoy a slice of wholemeal bread (preferably organic) topped with crumbly cottage cheese (to keep the calories down). At least, it always used to be crumbly, but now it looks more like stodgy looking porridge. I’ve just opened a pot and was forced to scoop out several large spoonfuls of milk from the top before I could get to the cheese,...
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Cheaper bananas thanks to EU trade deal

The price of bananas – the favourite British fruit – is set to fall following an EU trade agreement which has been welcomed by my MEP Robert Sturdy. Robert, international trade spokesman for European Conservatives and Reformists group, welcomed the EU’s move to end the 15 year banana war with Latin America, but said the money promised to compensate African, Caribbean and Pacific countries must...
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Will you eat less meat to reduce climate change?

Sir Paul McCartney rolls into the European Parliament in Brussels today with the “Meat Free Monday” campaign he launched with daughters Mary and Stella. He wants everyone to avoid eating meat one day every week in order to fight climate change. My MEP Robert Sturdy, who sits on the Agriculture Committee, has taken the ex-Beatle to task, and disagrees with the points he raises, thinking they are...
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Robert Sturdy accuses EU of “a classic fudge” over top two new jobs

My Eastern Region MEP Robert Sturdy has accused the EU of “a classic fudge” over the appointment of its first president and foreign minister, the two top jobs in Europe. The Belgian Prime Minister, Herman Van Rompuy, is the first president elected by European leaders under the Lisbon Treaty, while Baroness Ashton,  former Trade Commissioner, is the newly appointed High Representative for...
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European Commission plans to end cash refunds on shoddy goods

It seems we could lose our right to a cash refund on shoddy goods as there are plans afoot to harmonise EU legislation as refunds are not offered in other European countries. My MEP Robert Sturdy has objected to European Commission plans which would abolish consumers’ rights to a refund for faulty goods, bringing legislation in line with other EU countries. The EU’s Consumer Rights...
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Robert Sturdy, dairy subsidies and over production

Have you been following the latest news about thousands of protesting dairy farmers marching to Luxembourg where EU farm ministers were meeting? Their concerns were based on the low price of milk, saying it costs more to produce than they can sell it for. Most of the EU’s member states have been pressing for financial aid after the global economic downturn reduced demand, and this has just...
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Scientific study crucial for GMO decision

Each Member State in the European Union will decide whether it approves growing GM crops in its own country. My MEP Robert Sturdy, who is a farmer and sits on the Agriculture Committee, believes it is crucial that full scientific impact tests are carried out to enable rational decision making. It is impossible to argue against that, and we should not let scaremongers dominate the serious debate...
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Britain gets hammered over EU rebate

My MEP Robert Sturdy has today condemned the Labour government for selling out the UK taxpayer by agreeing to a massive increase of almost 60% in Britain’s financial contribution to the EU. He believes that a Conservative government would never have given away a large chunk of taxpayers’ money to the EU for no return. He has already had media interest after we issued a press release...
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Robert Sturdy calls for unity following leadership election

My Conservative MEP Robert Sturdy has called for unity after expressing disappointment in the way in which the election for the leader of the new group of European Conservatives and Reformist was conducted.  The original plans for Conservatives suffered a setback following the election of rogue candidate Edward McMillan-Scott, an accomplished and well-respected Tory MEP, as an independent...
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