MEP praises Canvey 'cat' factory
THE Tory MEP for Essex has praised a growing Canvey business for its importance on the international stage.
Conservative Member of the European Parliament Vicky Ford joined Castle Point MP Rebecca Harris and Canvey councillor Ray Howard for a visit to Blyth Workcats on Charfleets Industrial Estate last week.
Blyth Workcats designs and builds customised boats for charter angling, diving, commercial fishing, passenger carrying, crew transfer or survey work to companies all over the world.
The visit gave the company the chance to speak to the political heavyweight about the barriers it faces as a business and what changes could be made to help it grow.
Mrs Ford said "It's great to see a local business exporting all over the world. We have already unlocked some new funding to help exporters, but this needs to work for specialist companies like Blyth Workcats too.
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CONSERVATIVE MEP Vicky Ford wants to meet young people aged under 30 from across Uttlesford at an informal forum on Friday (March 7).
The event is being organised by Saffron Walden Conservative Future and chairman Sam Goddard said: "This is really a great opportunity to meet our region's top MEP and enjoy what we are hoping will be a lively and engaging debate in a friendly atmosphere.
"We all know that what happens in Europe has a big impact on this country and our generation have lots of strong ideas about the way we should be heading. I want people to come along and get their ideas heard!"
The free meeting with the Eastern region politician takes place at The Saffron Hotel in Walden's High Street and begins at 7.30pm with reception drinks and canapés.
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A burglar whose suspended sentence was branded as "excessively lenient" by Suffolk's Police and Crime Commissioner had a criminal record in his homeland, it has emerged.
Mantvydas Kristaponis, of Woodbridge Road, Ipswich, is understood to have convictions for theft and public order offences in Lithuania.
His case once again raises the issue of people with criminal records coming into the UK from EU countries unchecked.
East Anglian MEP Vicky Ford has been at the forefront of a campaign to combat cross-border crime and put a system in place that can be used across Europe.
After hearing about the latest case in which Kristaponis burgled a house in Crowfield, near Stowmarket, stealing items including a diamond ring and two necklaces last July, Mrs Ford said tracking-system was essential.
She added: "We need a database. Furthermore we need to make sure countries upload their information on that database. We have got a system where it's going to make it easier for the UK law enforcement authorities to access the information, but we need to have countries putting that information on the database."
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East Anglia MEP Vicky Ford has added her voice to that of local MPs campaigning for increased dredging of rivers around the Ouse Washes.
She has written to the Environment Secretary Rt Hon. Owen Paterson MP asking for the East of England rivers to be considered in any Environment Agency review of dredging policy. This follows the recent announcements of a review on the use of dredging on the flooded Somerset levels.
Norfolk and Cambridgeshire MPs Elizabeth Truss and Steve Barclay have also called for dredging to resume and for local measures to improve access including electronic warning signs.
Mrs Ford said she met Cambridgeshire County Council leader Martin Curtis last month and urged him to get the signs connected as soon as the weather conditions allow. She intends to visit Welney again on March 20.
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Without CCS, 'turning off the lights' will be the only way to reduce CO2 emissions, writes Vicky Ford.
There are many good reasons to support and prioritise the development of carbon capture and storage (CCS).
It is the only large-scale and demonstrable technology currently available to take carbon dioxide from combustion of fossil fuels to produce low-carbon electricity. Unless we include it in our long-term energy plans, it will not be possible to reduce emissions without also switching off the lights.
Not very long ago, Europe was considered to be a world leader in CCS research but now we are falling behind others in the development stages. CCS has been operating safely in Norway for many years, and Canada, the US and China are now moving ahead as well.
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Local MEP Vicky Ford is celebrating success for British farmers after a proposal was voted through the parliament to make sure all European meat products carry a country of origin label.
Mrs Ford said: "Last year´s horsemeat scandal and previous outbreaks of diseases show how important it is to be able to trace where meat has come from. You should not be able to bring a dead animal into the UK, cut it up, cook it, and then put a Union Jack on the label."
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When Europe's most powerful finance minister makes an unscheduled trip to Brussels to meet a handful of European lawmakers, you can be sure that something is amiss.
And indeed, Wolfgang Schäuble's unusual pilgrimage to Belgium on Monday comes at another tricky juncture for the euro zone: Its much-vaunted banking-union project, billed as the ticket out of its five-year-old financial crisis, is at risk of stalling, amid opposition from the European Parliament to elements of a new system for wind down failing banks.
The disagreement centers on a decision to create a new intergovernmental treaty that will allow national bank-resolution funds to be gradually merged into one European pot over 10 years. The move aims to assuage German concerns that a common pot of money would violate existing EU treaties. But crucially, the new treaty would fall beyond the European Parliament's jurisdiction.
Monday's meeting, with five key lawmakers, was arranged at Mr. Schäuble's initiative, according to Sven Giegold, a German who represents the Green party in the talks and who attended Monday's meeting. The other MEPs in attendance were Ms. Ferreira, Sylvie Goulard, Corien Wortmann-Kool and Vicky Ford, all of whom represent their parties in negotiations on the SRM.
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Local Conservative MEP, Vicky Ford, has called for the EU to abolish its renewable energy targets.
Mrs Ford has led a review into Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) for the parliament's energy committee. She argues that the EU renewables targets unfairly discriminate against alternative energy solutions like nuclear power and CCS. As a result these other methods of reducing emissions are being neglected and energy prices risk being pushed even higher.
Speaking in a debate in the Parliament chamber Mrs Ford explained: "At the moment the energy debate in Europe focuses largely on renewables. It's time Brussels sat up and took note of the real problems households and businesses have paying their energy bills.
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Vicky Ford MEP for the East of England has joined Prime Minister David Cameron in supporting Small Business Saturday this weekend. Small Business Saturday takes place on Saturday, December 7, one of the busiest shopping days of the year and the aim of the event is to encourage people to shop locally and support small businesses in their communities.
David Cameron, said "It is a chance to celebrate the amazing contribution our small shops make to our local community."
Vicky added: "This is a fantastic opportunity for people here in the East of England to shop locally and support our local butchers, bakers, cafés and retailers."
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The European Parliament has given the thumbs-up to a £60 billion research budget, which will be spent in European Union countries over the next seven years.
Mrs Ford has been the only British representative involved in EU negotiations to finalise the enormous fund.
She said the deal would secure "hundreds of millions of investment in businesses and laboratories across the East of England."
Mrs Ford said: "This investment is critical for universities like Cambridge, which estimates that 20 per cent of the research currently being undertaken across its different departments is funded by the EU.
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