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20 JAN 2015

British Chambers of Commerce - 20th January 2015

British Chambers of Commerce Reception- Brussels  Thank you for inviting me to speak today. It is a pleasure to support the British Chamber in Belgium and thank you for the work that you do to ensure concerns of the business community and stakeholders are heard across all the activities of the...

15 JAN 2015

Commission work programme 2015

On behalf of the ECR Group In the votes on the seven group motions on the Commission work programme the ECR only voted for its own text. The ECR motion offered a detailed and comprehensive assessment of the 2015 work programme. The motion gave a cautious welcome overall to the general approach tak...

13 JAN 2015

Possibility for the Member States to restrict or prohibit the cultivation of GMOs

Madam President, if we are to feed the world's growing population and combat weather changes and diseases, then we must harness the best science in crop areas. The stalemate on GM has gone on for far too long, and for that reason I support this vote, which returns decision-making to Member States. T...

13 JAN 2015

Conclusions of the European Council meeting (18 December 2014) (debate)

Mr President, the EU does need to change: there are serious problems in many Member States. Our national leaders need to listen more closely to the people, and we in this Chamber need to listen more closely to our national leaders. There are still deep problems in many European economies. We nee...

17 DEC 2014

Palestine Statehood

I have opted to abstain on this resolution on Palestine since the recognition of a state falls within the competence of the Member States. In my own Member State, the UK, the national parliament has voted in favour of recognising the State of Palestine. I have full respect for that decision. I hope ...

16 DEC 2014

Vicky speaks for the ECR on the Commission's Work Programme (debate)

Mr President, thank you for opening this session with a statement on the truly shocking news from Pakistan. As parents we take our children to school to learn and trust them to be safe, and our hearts go out to those families who have lost children today. We do face unprecedented challenges. Ou...

16 DEC 2014

Vicky responds to the EU Commission's 2015 Work Programme on behalf of the ECR Group

Delivered in Strasbourg: We face unprecedented challenges; our economies are under pressure, our resources are under pressure, our security is under pressure. Europe needs to Change. Commissioners you have talked about change – we need to see you deliver. We build our economies. Yes w...

20 NOV 2014

Vicky speaks in opposition to Cambridge Union Society debate

On the night of the Rochester and Strood by-election there was a packed house at the Cambridge Union. The motion under debate was "This House believes UKIP has been good for British Politics". On the way into the chamber 27% of the audience said they were minded to vote FOR the motion. By the en...

16 SEP 2014

Unlocking opportunities for cross border trade using digital tools is vital for jobs and growth

  The digital economy is no longer a subset of economic activity. Today every market has digital elements and Europe's single market must not be left behind.   Unlocking the opportunities of our digital world is key to delivering jobs and growth. In the G20 the internet economy is for...

07 JUL 2014

Vicky makes her inaugural speech as IMCO Chair

This committee, under the excellent leadership of my predecessor Malcolm Harbour, had a reputation across the Parliament for working incredibly hard to reduce barriers to economic trade and growth, and simplify legislation to enhance competitiveness across the Single Market, while making improvement...

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