06 NOV 2014

Lavenham aiming to win world heritage status

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The medieval village of Lavenham is making a bid to become a Unesco world heritage site.

The aim is to preserve the village's historic wool trade character while protecting it from the pressures of high tourist traffic and heavy lorries travelling along its narrow streets.

The project was launched by the Lavenham Forum and has been backed by MEP Vicky Ford and Conservative Parliamentary candidate for South Suffolk James Cartlidge.

30 OCT 2014

MEP backs our campaign to save the Morston mussel

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Vicky Ford, who is a member of the European Parliament for the East of England, yesterday pledged to visit the North Norfolk coast and taste the renowned Morston mussels.

The Conservative said she would give local fishermen support to apply for protected designation of origin from the European Union, if they wanted the status for their harvest.

Mrs Ford said protected status for the Morston mussel, which could place the mollusc in the same league as Champagne, Melton Mowbray pork pies and Fenland celery, could give a welcome boost to the industry.

North Norfolk seafood is not just Cromer crabs.

16 OCT 2014

Vicky Ford explains to the Parliament Magazine why 'better regulation does not always mean more regulation'.

Read the full story at The Parliament Magazine

For Vicky Ford the stakes could not be higher. "A well-run single market" she says, "can be the key to unlocking prosperity, innovation and greater competitiveness in Europe, which will benefit businesses and consumers. Misdirected, it can stifle entrepreneurship and create a clipboard culture in business." As chair of parliament's internal market and consumer protection (IMCO) committee, Ford is committed to "bringing down internal barriers to trade in goods and services". "The single market is meant to help people trade easily across 28 countries and sell to more than 500 million consumers," she stresses; "it is not meant to add more red tape, costs and bureaucracy."

09 OCT 2014

EU approval for N-plant at Hinkley Point paves way for Sizewell C

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The go-ahead for a £16 billion plant at Hinkley Point was welcomed by EDF Energy as a major milestone for Britain's nuclear programme, which includes two new reactors at Sizewell, near Leiston.

If given planning permission, Sizewell C could be online soon after the Somerset station is likely to begin operating in 2023.

East of England MEP Vicky Ford said the green light for Hinkley Point C was "great news" for Sizewell, Suffolk and English energy security, but agreed local issues like transport and housing plans were still to be met.

04 OCT 2014

Thurrock Tory MEP lays down law to EU

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THURROCK MEP, Vicky Ford secured a coup this week by demanding the new European Commissioner for the single market put business and the economy ahead of any new EU laws. In answer to a direct question from Mrs Ford, the Polish Commissioner designate Elzbieta Bieñkowska promised that she would not propose any new EU laws unless they would have a positive impact for businesses. She also promised that if any existing proposals for EU laws were found to be flawed then she would be prepared to withdraw them.

02 JUN 2014

MEP Vicky Ford and Lucy Frazer QC visit G's Fresh

G'S Fresh - Europe's leading fresh produce company - received a special visit recently.

Cambridgeshire-based MEP Vicky Ford took a break from the election campaign trial to visit the mammoth firm's Barway site.

The trip was organised by Lucy Frazer QC, the conservative parliamentary candidate for South East Cambridgeshire.

Speaking after her visit, MEP Ford said: "Companies like G's are key to providing us all with healthy fresh food.

"It is really impressive to hear how they are exporting as far afield as the USA and Russia. I think it is very important to listen to the concerns of business big and small when we are negotiating our relationship with Europe."

John Shropshire, chairman of G's Fresh, said: "Being a business that is dependent on a very large amount of trade in Europe, we were delighted to welcome MEP Vicky Ford to G's."

G's farms 11,300 hectares in the UK, Czech Republic and Spain, turning over £370 million and employing around 5,000 people.

Read more:Ely News

28 MAY 2014

Farmers willing to risk subsidy cuts to avoid "three crop rule"

Farmers in the east say they are willing to risk having their subsidies cut to avoid adhering to a new EU rule which they say will leave them far worse off.

The European directive, which comes into effect next year, means all but the very smallest farms will have to grow at least three different crops each year.

East of England MEP Vicky Ford plans to put together a dossier of evidence to record the impact the new rule has on the region.

"We have been told there will be a review after year one. I want to know now what the decisions are that farmers are making now so we can build up that dossier and work with Defra to show why it's not working in the East of England."

Read more: ITV 

03 MAY 2014

Minister visits Harlow with MEP

Minster for Skills Matthew Hancock joins MEP Vicky Ford and Robert Halfon in Harlow College visit

THE Government's Minister for Skills Matthew Hancock and Euro MP Vicky Ford joined Harlow MP Robert Halfon in a visit to Harlow College.

The Conservative politicians spent Friday afternoon at the college where they took part in a round table discussion on employability with Harlow College principal Karen Spencer, employers from the town and college students. The visit also included a virtual tour of the new Sir Charles Kao UTC with UTC principal Mike McKeaveney.

Mr Hancock, MP for West Suffolk, said: "Harlow College has got really impressive links to local employers to make sure that when people get training here they are learning skills that local employers want. They seem to have really strong links with the community not least with the wonderful MP Robert Halfon and it's great to be here.

"It is all about making sure students can progress whether that is through work or in higher education, Harlow College is giving young people options and that self-confidence to progress.

"My view is when young people leave school or college they should go into higher education or apprenticeships. They should do what suits them, it's important to give options to do both and ensure they can succeed."

Ms Ford said: "I am really impressed and one of the things I have noticed about local schools and colleges like Harlow College is the links to local employers and matchmaking for future jobs.

"The UTC is ground breaking and to be teaching coding to the next generation - a skill that we seem to have lost - is so vital."

Read more: http://www.harlowstar.co.uk/News/Harlow-news/Minster-for-Skills-Matthew-Hancock-joins-MEP-Vicky-Ford-and-Robert-Halfon-in-Harlow-College-visit-20140503152551.htm#ixzz31bjrAhdJ

30 APR 2014

Vicky Ford slams court ruling

Vicky Ford slams court ruling

East Anglian Conservative MEP, Vicky Ford, has slammed today's European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling against the UK's legal challenge to the EU's proposed Financial Transaction Tax (FTT).

Mrs Ford has been at the forefront of the campaign against the FTT which would oblige the UK to tax EU shares and other financial transactions traded in the UK despite opting out of the proposal.

Mrs Ford said "If trades on shares of French companies are taxed in the UK but not in Singapore, then they will be traded in Singapore. Financiers will leave the UK and it will be left to pensioners, savers and taxpayers to pay the price.

It is outrageous that that the EU should let some countries force others to levy taxes that they don't agree with. This is precisely why the Prime Minister vetoed the new fiscal treaty in 2011 and why we need a robust renegotiation of our relationship with the EU. Luckily this ECJ ruling is not a final decision and we will fight the UK's corner on this all the way."

Read more: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Business/Business-News/Vicky-Ford-slams-court-ruling-20140430184340.htm#ixzz31bkZz7eU

14 APR 2014

MEP pledges support for British breeding industry

MEP pledges support for British breeding industry

THE European Agricultural Policy and protecting the thoroughbred population from infectious diseases were among the topics discussed when MEP Vicky Ford and Newmarket MP Matthew Hancock met Thoroughbred Breeders' Association chief executive Louise Kemble last week.

In a statement released after the meeting it was reported that both Ford and Hancock promised to maintain their support for the equine sector. Ford is already actively involved in promoting equine issues at the European Parliament in Brussels, including campaigns for improved welfare for horses travelling across the continent for slaughter and increased funding into an African Horse Sickness vaccine.

Speaking after the meeting, Ford said: "From the top racehorse to the Thelwell pony, the equine sector is a very important part of the UK's rural culture. Newmarket is not only the home of racing, it is also home to world-leading breeders and many jobs rely on this. Organisations like the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association in Newmarket and Norfolk-based World Horse Welfare do a great job, and it is vital their concerns on international issues are addressed."

Thoroughbred Breeders' Association chief executive Louise Kemble said "We cannot overstate the value of the positive support we receive from both Vicky Ford and Matthew Hancock. Since taking office as MEP for the East of England, Vicky and her colleagues have always been on hand to provide the TBA with unstinting support. Their input has helped to safeguard the breeding industry on a number of occasions, and maintaining this work is particularly important with the upcoming European elections."

Read more at Racing Post

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