An update to the EU's firearms directive – that would have banned many firearms used by hunters and sportsmen – has been reformed by a series of amendments voted by the European Parliament's internal market committee today.
The directive, steered through the parliament by Vicky Ford MEP, will instead focus on closing loopholes on so-called 'acoustic' firearms (typically guns converted to fire blanks for ceremonial purposes). Some of these have been used in recent terror attacks, including at Charlie Hebdo.
Read more at New Europe.
East of England's MEP has voiced her support for Theresa May, who is set to be the country's next prime minister.
MEP Vicky Ford said the home secretary has the experience and credibility to lead the country at this "critical juncture".
She said she supported Mrs May because of her reputation as a "calm and wise leader" in "difficult times" and because she is willing to "go the extra mile" to help Conservative candidates.
Mrs Ford worked with May's team to introduce cross-border criminal record checks which she says are now delivering real results in crime prevention in the East of England.
Read more at the Watford Observer.
A flagship partnership between politicians, business and academia has set its stall out to ensure Cambridge continues to prosper in the wake of the EU referendum.
A Cambridge Mandate and a Cambridge Declaration have been drawn up by the city's leading lights, which outlines how Cambridge will deal with Brexit and make its influence felt.
"Recognising that Cambridge and its surrounding area is a unique economic asset for Europe, we wanted to continue to maximise the benefit of that and find the best possible solution," said former South Cambs MP Lord Lansley.
Read more at Cambridge News.
Conservative MEP Vicky Ford says scientists in the Cambridge area can still bid for funding from the EU to support their projects, despite Brexit.
Having spoken with EU Research Commissioner, Carlos Moedas, Mrs Ford said British scientists should continue to be treated equally with those from the rest of Europe.
The Prime Minister told the House of Commons on Monday that all existing Horizon 2020 contracts will be honoured, however he also pointed out that it is not clear how these will be treated post leaving, or how science and research will be prioritised in negotiations by a future Prime Minister.
Read more at Cambridge News.
Secretary of State Ms Truss was joined by member of the European Parliament, Vicky Ford at G's Barway site on Wednesday June 15, and the pair were quizzed by over 120 staff and suppliers on their views on the referendum, which is to take place on Thursday June 23.
Questions at the event ranged from trade deals to 'what will be the future for G's if Brexit happens?'
Chairman of G's, John Shropshire, said: "I am delighted that staff had the opportunity to speak to the Secretary of State Elizabeth Truss and MEP Vicky Ford."
Read more at the Ely Standard.
The majority of scientists working in the Cambridge region are against quitting Europe, Remain campaigners claim.
And many may vote with their feet and leave to work abroad if Britain votes to pull out on June 23.
The warning was spelled out by Cambridgeshire-based MEP Vicky Ford, as she supported a visit to the city by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.
The pair met other Remain campaigners after a tour of Toshiba Research in Cambridge.
Read more at Cambridge News.
The Council has agreed its negotiating position on the proposal for a directive on control of the acquisition and possession of weapons, which reviews and completes existing directive.
On the basis of this mandate, the presidency will start negotiations with the European Parliament as soon as the latter has adopted its position.
Ard van Der Steur, Minister for Security and Justice of the Netherlands and President of the Council said: "After the tragic terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels the Justice and Home Affairs Ministers asked for a swift adoption of the directive. With this new directive the Netherlands Presidency has achieved a just and fair balance between an internal market for allowed firearms on the one hand and enhancing the security of EU citizens on the other."
Read more at EU Today.
Leading Conservative MEP Vicky Ford toured Rothamsted, the world's oldest agricultural research centre, during a recent visit to the town.
With more than 200 scientists working at the cutting edge of crop science and biotechnology, Rothamsted has benefited from EU grants and has led many international research projects which help to ensure its status as a global centre for science.
Vicky Ford was the UK lead negotiator on Europe's £70 billion fund for research, known as the Horizon 2020 program. During the five year negotiations she worked with Rothamsted and other expert organisations across Britain to prioritise areas like plant science, medical research and next generation transport: all areas where the UK excels.
Read more at the Herts Advertiser.
Conservative MEPs are taking steps to re-open the debate on "restrictive" new EU rules covering the sale of e-cigarettes.
Gibraltar MEP Julie Girling and Vicky Ford have written to EU Research, Science and Innovation Commissioner Carlos Moedas asking him to examine the latest evidence on the health effects of vaping and whether it can help long term smokers give up traditional cigarettes.
Read more at the Gibraltar Chronicle.
Vicky Ford, a Conservative MEP for the East of England, visited West Norfolk on Friday to campaign for a remain vote in the upcoming referendum.
Ms Ford went to Dow Chemical, in Cross Bank Road, Lynn, to discuss the case for staying in the EU.
Read more at Lynn News.