Vicky Ford MEP

Member of the European Parliament for the East of England

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08 DEC 2016

Britain and Europe, Alimony, Custody and Eating Cake

  "Britain and Europe, Alimony, Custody and Eating Cake"   Lecture to the Royal Society of Actuaries Edinburgh - 7th December 2016    The Scale of the Challenge We are at a critical time. The actions and decisions that political leaders here and abroad will take over the n...


08 NOV 2016

Speech for the CHPCB Conference - "Healthcare mobility across borders - trends and expectations"

  CHPCB Conference – promoting patient safety across borders Friday 28 October 2016 30 Euston Square London, NW1 2FB   "Healthcare mobility across borders – trends and expectations" Thank you very much for inviting me to speak at this conference. Welcome to London. It is...


18 OCT 2016

Speech to the Science Business Conference on Europe's Tech Clusters

Vicky Ford - Speech to the Science Business Conference on Europe's Tech Clusters Bibliotheque Solvay, Brussels, 18th October 2016 Thank you for inviting me to speak at today's conference. We are meeting in the park where Einstein met Marie Curie 90 years ago. What a fitting place for this confere...


17 OCT 2016

Speech to the European Consumer Summit

Vicky Ford - Speech European Consumer Summit 17 October 2016 Thank you for inviting me to speak today. We are at a critical time for confidence in the Single Market. Consumers must be at the heart of the market. There has been consumer rights legislation in the single market since the 1990s. This...


20 JAN 2016

Programme of activities of the Dutch Presidency (debate)

Vicky Ford speaking on the programme of activities of the Dutch Presidency.


18 JAN 2016

Personal protective equipment

Thank you for the opportunity to speak on the issue of personal protective equipment. This file has been an interesting case study of: -how the single market operates for both businesses and consumers across the EUs 28 different countries, -The roles of the commission, Europe council of min...


11 NOV 2015

Zero Rating Practice

Mr President, every person in Europe has the right to access the online content they want and use the applications they wish without discrimination or interference, and all internet traffic must be treated equally. We have just agreed new rules across Europe that enshrine these principles into o...


27 OCT 2015

Mobile Data Roaming Debate

  Mr President, in recent years people have travelled across Europe for their holidays, only to come home to a nasty shock when their phone bill arrives. Ending mobile roaming fees will be welcomed by millions of people.Safeguards have been put in place to prevent excessive usage and to make...


27 OCT 2015

Mobile Data Roaming

Mr Helmer, many millions of people from across your region and my region use their phones. I do not want to push up their domestic prices, but I do want to them to be able to use their phones affordably when they travel across Europe. This is why, in the two years of negotiations, we have put in...


27 OCT 2015

Commission Work Debate

  Mr President, we need to focus on the economy, boosting competitiveness, innovation and trade, both across the single market and beyond, in traditional sectors and in the digital age. There is much in the work programme that I can agree with.I have said that every EU initiative should face...


06 OCT 2015

Emission Measurements in Automotive Sector

Madam President, for the vast majority of consumers buying a car is the single biggest purchase they make in their lives after they have bought a home. This Volkswagen scandal is not just about money. It is about health as well. Cheating the standards brings a massive and fundamental breach of ...


21 SEP 2015

Consumer and Competition Day Conference Luxembourg 21 September 2015

CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY Thank you very much for inviting me to speak today. This meeting comes at an important and busy time for the Single Market and digital policy. By the end of the year, we expect announcements from the commission on geoblocking, parcel delivery, consumer rights and copyright....


16 SEP 2015

Conclusions of the Justice and Home Affairs Council on migration

Madam President, this is an unprecedented situation, because many millions of people are trying to escape horrific wars. But countries are helping in different ways: my Polish colleagues have talked to me about the hundreds of thousands of people who have escaped from Ukraine into Poland; my Cro...


09 SEP 2015

Migration and refugees in Europe

Mr President, we face an unprecedented situation and we must prioritise helping refugees fleeing horrific wars, both with their immediate needs and to give them hope and support for the longer term. But different countries can help in different ways and we should stop the finger-pointing. In the...


09 JUL 2015

Copyright


04 JUN 2015

Speech at the Standardisation Summit in Riga, Latvia

Thank you for inviting me to speak at this afternoon's conference. In Brussels and indeed across Europe there is a sudden increase of interest in technical standards and the processes which are used to set them. The Commission's better regulation agenda has pushed the issue up the political agenda...


02 JUN 2015

Consumer Summit 2015 - Preparing the Consumer Policy of the future

Opening Speech on second day of Consumer Summit - 2nd June 2015 This is the annual gathering to discuss consumer policy. Thank you for inviting me to speak. The world is changing rapidly as digital activity continues to affect all aspects of society. Innovative business models pop up in tradition...


26 MAR 2015

The Role of the EU Single Market in the digital economy - Contribution to Panel discussion at Informal Competitiveness Council, Riga, Latvia

Check against delivery We need to agree on priorities where action at regional or national level is not enough; on areas where action across the EU can make a real difference, and we need to work with others across the globe where needed because the digital economy is a global economy. Any actions ...


26 MAR 2015

Opening Remarks on the Digital Economy - Informal Competitiveness Council, Riga, Latvia

Check against delivery It is great to be here in Riga, in the "Castle of Light", and to share views on the Digital Single Market.Thank you to the Latvian Presidency for organising this informal meeting of the Competitiveness Ministers, and the splendid welcome you have given us. There is a strong ...


26 MAR 2015

Single Market Forum Speech

Check against delivery 1. Introduction It is a great pleasure to take part in this event. The Single Market Forum was initiated by IMCO back in 2010, at the motivation of my colleague Roza Thun, who is here today, with the first event held in Krakow. It is good to see it continuing and this year t...


09 FEB 2015

Internet Governance Forum

                        Mr President, our internet must be open, yet safe; accessible, yet affordable; exciting, diverse and dynamic. We in Europe start from a great position: the World Economic Forum has listed the most ...


28 JAN 2015

Vicky begs the EU Council to help micro businesses

  Madam President, we need investment. We need private sector investment and investors, entrepreneurs and small businesses need to know that we are on their side. My email box is full of horror stories of small business which have shut and stopped trading in the fasting growing sector of our...


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...


26 FEB 2014

Vicky Ford MEP comments on Switzerland and the Freedom of Movement

Mr President, freedom of movement is a very important principle of the EU, and I am very proud to live in a part of Europe where many people want to come and live. But we also need to recognise that migration can put significant pressures on public services and listen to the local communities' conce...


04 FEB 2014

Vicky speaks out against the proposals for a Financial Transaction Tax

Mr President, I cannot believe we are still spending time talking about the Financial Transaction Tax. This is not a Robin Hood tax – it is a Sheriff of Nottingham charge. History tells us that, when financial transactions are taxed, financiers leave. They move to other parts of the world, and...


04 FEB 2014

2030 framework for climate and energy policies

I did think my colleague, Mr Davies, was going to try and ask you to explain why the German subsidy for renewables is currently about a hundred times greater than the cost of the CO2 emissions it prevents, because surely that is a subsidy to be aware of. We will not make our carbon reduction ta...


04 FEB 2014

Better law making

Mr President, our businesses have to compete with others across the globe and, if we want growth and jobs, we need to allow them to be competitive. Politicians do not make jobs. Businesses do. The single market is meant to be about helping businesses to trade across borders, giving them easy access ...


29 JAN 2014

EU Space Policy Conference - European Commission

I am very honoured to be standing in the place of my friend and colleague, Amelia Sartori and to represent colleagues from the Industry, Research and Energy Committee of the European Parliament this morning. Our thoughts are with Amelia's family. The Industry Committee has many members who themselv...


14 JAN 2014

Reindustrialising Europe to promote competitiveness and sustainability

Madam President, we need a new revolution to help industry. In the 1870s nearly a third of the world's manufactured goods were made in the UK alone, but now Europe makes less than a fifth of the total, and last year only one European country made it into the top ten most competitive countries for ma...


14 JAN 2014

Plastic waste in the environment

It is right to minimise plastic waste and protect the environment. However, I do not believe that banning plastic bags should be a European-level decision. Many smaller companies have creative solutions in the sustainable packaging sector. To enable economic growth we should avoid putting new burden...


14 JAN 2014

Food crisis and fraud in the food chain

Mr President, last year, of course, we had the horsemeat scandal, but seven years ago in my region we had a bird flu epidemic when dead turkeys imported from Hungary were being processed in the UK and then being labelled as British meat. I have called for better traceability ever since then. Tho...


14 JAN 2014

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Technology

Mr President, I support the development of carbon capture and storage (CCS). Indeed, unless we have CCS and include it in our long-term energy plans, it will not be possible to reduce emissions without also switching off the lights. They have had CCS projects for 15 years in Norway, and these are be...


20 NOV 2013

Horizon 2020 - framework programme for research and innovation

Madam President, yesterday we voted for lower European budgets. Today, we are making sure that the money is better spent. Investment in science, in research and in innovative industry will drive our growth and is vital to keeping our competitive edge. Sometimes this type of investment can be done b...


20 NOV 2013

Location of the seats of the European Union's institutions

Madam President, yesterday we voted on the budget of the European Parliament for the next seven years, and we voted for a budget cut. Now we have to decide how that money is to be spent – and it has to be better spent. Our monthly trip between these two parliaments is not just a waste of time ...


09 OCT 2013

Recognition of professional qualifications and administrative cooperation through the Internal Market Information System

Mr President, if you are unwell, injured or ill, you need to get access to a good doctor. But you also have to be able to communicate with them, and language skills are really important. The vote that we took today makes it utterly clear that, going forward, doctors' English language skills will be...


08 OCT 2013

Completing the European research area by 2014

Madam President, the latest progress report on ERA shows that there is still work to be done. But some countries are significantly more advanced than others, and whilst Member States who are lagging behind do need to step up their efforts, the decision on exactly how they do that needs to be left to...


10 SEP 2013

Credit agreements relating to residential property

Mr President, investing in a property is the single largest financial decision that most people will ever make in their lives, but property markets in Europe vary very widely. In Hungary, Estonia, and Bulgaria I believe nine out of 10 people own their own houses; in Germany it is less than half. We ...


12 JUN 2013

Border Controls, particularly within the Schengen area

Mr President, the ability to control one's own borders is fundamental to national sovereignty, and whilst the UK is not part of the Schengen area, I do still support the Council's view that ultimate decision-making on border control should lie with national governments. However, all of our autho...


22 MAY 2013

Future legislative proposals on EMU

Mr President, my group will vote against this motion. Not all members of the European Union are in the euro area and in my own country it is very clear that we will not be joining the euro.I do believe in national sovereignty, therefore I do not think it is my place to tell euro area countries w...


20 MAY 2013

Offshore oil and gas prospection, exploration and production activities

Mr President, whenever there is a crisis, Brussels seems to go into a power drive, seeing it as a chance to call for yet more centralisation and yet more Europe.The Commission's reaction to the tragedy of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was a 'one-size-fits-all' tick-box piece of legislation...


14 MAY 2013

Speech to the Parliamentary Group for Energy Studies

Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you today. I would like to discuss how UK policy affects EU thinking on energy issues and vice versa. This will be a personal view based on my past four years experience as an MEP. There are 3 issues. Firstly, energy security; secondly, the cost of energy f...


16 APR 2013

Debate on timing of auctions of greenhouse gas allowances

Mr President, I believe climate change does pose a real threat to our futures, as does energy security. We do need to move to a lower carbon economy and especially to investment in new nuclear.Long-term investment like this does need a long-term strategy, but right now today, high energy prices ...


16 APR 2013

Debate on prudential requirements for credit institutions and investment firms

Mr President, the banking industry is ever more global and it requires global regulation. I have supported moves towards the global standard and towards a more level playing field. In the committee vote a year ago, a number of changes were made to try to align EU legislation with global standard...


14 MAR 2013

Debate on Multiannual Financial Framework

Mr President, last month 27 Heads of State got together and agreed the first ever cut in the EU budget, and yesterday 500 MEPs said they wanted more money.Money does not grow on trees and the EU budget needs a complete root-and-branch review. We need to stop spending money at an international level ...


07 FEB 2013

Debate on European Semester for economic policy coordination: annual growth survey 2013

Mr President, economic times are difficult and our people deserve politicians who tell them the truth, not just play party politics. I am very pleased to have voted with the centre-right majority on a proposal for growth-friendly fiscal consolidation.The left have stripped their names off this r...


06 FEB 2013

Debate on the common fisheries policy

Madam President, it is rare that I feel so pleased about a vote in this Parliament, but the abhorrent system whereby perfectly edible food was thrown back into the seas because of the EU Brussels-set fishing quota has got to end, and today we have moved in the right direction. In my region I ha...


06 FEB 2013

Debate on sound level of motor vehicles

Madam President, I have long argued that we need to make sure that our smaller companies are exempted from European legislation.A few months ago I went to visit a company called Radical Cars. It is a fantastic flagship for the single market. They were the first company to get single-type approva...


05 FEB 2013

Speech at Suffolk Food & Agriculture Conference

The European debate and how it is likely to affect the agri-food sector in Suffolk Thank you for inviting me to speak today. I think that every politician in East Anglia from local councillor to MP and MEP should have part of themselves focusing on food. There is an ever-growing world food crisis...


15 JAN 2013

Discussing changes to the UK/EU relationship

Mr President, tomorrow in Westminster the Fresh Start Group of MPs will launch its manifesto. This manifesto describes possible changes to the UK's relationship with the EU whilst staying in the single market. Instead of sweeping generalisations, Fresh Start looks at details and options, and I w...


13 DEC 2012

Debate on report on the protection of animals during transport

Mr President, too often we see Members of this Chamber passing international law on things that could be decided nationally and then turning a blind eye to issues where we actually do need international agreement. I am pleased, therefore, that we voted on new rules for horses travelling to slaug...


12 DEC 2012

Debate on noise-related operating restrictions at European Union airports

I have voted against the Regulation on air traffic related noise because time and time again we see decisions being taken at a European level which could be taken better at a national or local level. Introducing a law by means of a Regulation, as opposed to a Directive, makes it much more diffi...


05 DEC 2012

Speech at Open Europe debate "European challenges - the German and UK approach."

Vicky gave a speech at an event organised jointly by Open Europe and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation on Wednesday 5th December 2012.  The debate was entitled "European challenges - the German and UK approach." View transcript of speech here


26 NOV 2012

Speech to leading investors in London

Vicky spoke at a meeting of leading investors in London and asked them to come forward with their own views on whether or not the UK should be in the single market. View transcript of speech here


20 NOV 2012

Debate on "towards" a genuine Economic and Monetary union

Mr President, as an economist I understand the intellectual arguments that for the eurozone's monetary union to work it also needs fiscal union and banking union, but the reality seems somewhat different to me. For fiscal union, you will not restore confidence in public sector finances without g...


23 OCT 2012

EU funding and the multiannual financial framework

Mr President, the medium-term financial framework will set the parameters for the next seven years of EU budgets and could not come at a more sensitive time. Every single Member State is making cuts in local and national spending and European public spending must be subject to the same disciplin...


23 OCT 2012

Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SMEs): competitiveness and business opportunities

Madam President, small- and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of our economies and drivers of growth, and much of this report is helpful. However, when it comes down to comments on regulation, the report is simply too vague. To help these businesses we need to do less, not more. Tiny busines...


22 OCT 2012

General budget of the European Union for the financial year 2013 - all sections (debate)

Mr President, in the Committee on Economic Affairs of this Parliament, MEPs for once made some sensible comments. They looked at the savings that every single Member State is having to make at local and national spending level and concluded that EU public spending must be subjected to the same d...


13 SEP 2012

18th report on better legislation - Application of the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality (2010) (debate)

Mr President, how refreshing it is to read a report which makes so much sense. Instead of getting out my red pen, I actually agree with a lot of it.Yes, we should make international laws only where we actually need international laws; and, yes, where we make laws they should be clear and easy to...


12 SEP 2012

Proposals for a European Banking Union (EBU) debate

Mr President, a central bank does need the power to oversee banks. In the UK, the socialist government gave away that power and it was a very expensive mistake. Therefore, the euro zone central bank supervision of euro zone banks makes some sense for the euro zone but not for those of us who are out...


11 SEP 2012

Energy efficiency debate

Mr President, last night when I was writing this speech we had a power cut. It saved a lot of energy but my productivity went to zero – and this sort of sums up the energy efficiency debate: we need to have stable energy (no power cuts) and to use less energy because we cannot afford our e...


04 JUL 2012

Hitting back at Barroso and backing UK stance on banking reform

I am sure you agree with me that it is extremely important that the Commission gives clear statements to this House. So just on the comments that President Barroso made yesterday about the GBP 64 billion of British taxpayers' money paid by the Socialist government at the time into British banks,...


13 JUN 2012

European Semester

Mr President, in these recommendations some countries are being told to do what they are already doing and some countries, like France, are doing the opposite of what they are being told. The problem is that the people in Europe see the Commission saying one thing to our Member States but then o...


23 MAY 2012

Common system for taxing financial transactions

Mr President, I feel like a broken record. I mean, how many times does a girl need to say no? Yes, I am worried about high-frequency traders. Yes, I want to stop bailing out banks, but these traders will not pay this tax, they will leave. The people who pay will be those who cannot leave: people sa...


22 MAY 2012

SMEs' access to structural funds - Evaluation of the SME definition

Mr President, small and medium-sized businesses face many problems, and red tape is a big one. Micro-businesses should be exempted from large swathes of EU legislation and, when they are included, they should have a light-touch regime.Access to funding is also a problem. Some suggest increasing allo...


09 MAY 2012

Roaming on public mobile communications networks within the Union

Mr President, yesterday morning I received a text message from my UK mobile phone company. It reads, 'Using the web in Europe costs three pounds a meg'. As a result of this new rule the price will drop to 56 pence. Excessive charging from roaming causes both consumers and operators to lose out. I k...


09 MAY 2012

Patenting of essential biological processes

Mr President, the patentability of smart breeding techniques raises very important issues for the research and development involved in the seed industry, and is a very complicated issue. The processes in these breeding techniques introduce additional steps beyond those contained in conventional bre...


18 APR 2012

Means to combat the economic crisis, particularly in the Eurozone

The Eurozone crisis is back on the front pages of our newspapers. I have 3 points Firstly public finances are still in a mess. We must stop wasting tax payers money so it can be spent where it is needed. The EU should lead by example instead it is still throwing money at vanity projects. Second...


29 MAR 2012

European Investment Bank Annual Report 2010

Investing in infrastructure research and innovation is key to unlocking growth and increasing competitiveness, and the EIB has an important role to play. In my amendments to the Capital Requirements Directive, I have proposed that banks co-financing long-dated infrastructure with the EIB should be a...


28 MAR 2012

Corporate governance framework for European companies

In financial services, failures by directors to hold their employees to account and failures by shareholders to hold those directors to account compounded risk-taking, led to corporate collapse and taxpayers' bailouts. Corporate governance is really important. This report recommends best practices s...


28 MAR 2012

Estimates of revenue and expenditure for 2013 - Section I - Parliament

I have listened carefully to the comments of Members this evening and, in the context of real cuts in real front-line services back in our Member States, in health, education and other areas, I cannot believe that Members think it is enough just to talk about freezing this budget in real terms.A fre...


15 FEB 2012

Deposit guarantee schemes

The purpose of the Deposit Guarantee Scheme is to put an end to the scenes of queues of frightened customers, desperately trying to get their cash out of a failing bank and to stop banks having to be bailed out by taxpayers. I agree with this. We all want to give people confidence that their mo...


14 FEB 2012

Radio spectrum policy

Our mobile data traffic is expected to double, double and double again in the next three years; we love our smartphones, new devices, new apps. Coordinated spectrum release will boost access, allow seamless services across our borders, drive competition and innovation and deliver lower prices and hi...


30 NOV 2011

European semester for economic policy coordination

Last week Germany could not sell one third of its bond issue, yesterday the Italian Government paid nearly 8% interest and today two million people are striking in Britain even though the UK public pension black hole is the biggest in Europe. Right now this Parliament and every parliament should be ...


14 NOV 2011

Implementation of Professional Qualifications Directive

I speak tonight as the daughter of two doctors, the sister of a doctor and the wife of another doctor. For generations, the UK has welcomed and valued doctors from many countries. However, the directive is not as successful as the Commissioner would like us to believe. Colleagues, please consider th...


25 OCT 2011

European Semester 2011: first lessons

The citizens that I represent are not necessarily concerned about what is happening in some faraway European Semester, but they are very concerned about what is happening in Europe and in the eurozone. Right now, they see that Greece cannot afford to repay its debt and that the crisis is just gettin...


24 OCT 2011

Modernisation of public procurement

Public procurement can be used to drive both innovation and efficiency, but often innovation is not encouraged when contracts are awarded. Public procurement is already too complicated and too bureaucratic, and mandatory innovation targets would not help. Innovation cannot be made to order. Instead,...


12 OCT 2011

Insurance guarantee schemes

Please pass on my thanks to the rapporteur for his work. I know that Mr Skinner would like to see a coherent cross-border framework for consumer protection insurance, and I thank him for balancing this with much Member State discretion and respecting subsidiarity. However, I will not vote for his re...


27 SEP 2011

Funding for research

Funding for research will help us confront great challenges like health and aging and energy, security and water security. Also, too often we allow bright ideas to be left in the laboratory or exploited elsewhere. Supporting innovation and development can help growth and competitiveness. By collabo...


14 SEP 2011

Economic crisis and the euro

The euro crisis has led some to demand more centralisation, but others are calling for more European localism. These ideas are not incompatible! Localism is not Eurosceptic opportunism or protectionism; far too often, decisions are taken by this House without even considering whether that decision c...


12 SEP 2011

Safety of offshore oil and gas activities

Offshore sources account for over 90% of the oil and 60% of the gas produced in the EU and Norway. This is the world's fourth largest production area. Offshore is crucial to meeting Europe's energy needs and its energy security.Following last year's tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico, it has been right t...


04 JUL 2011

Derivatives, central counterparties and trade repositories

In the financial crash we saw how a shock in one corner of the global financial market, coupled with uncertainty, sent systemic waves across the world. The aim of this regulation is to reduce systemic risk caused by a financial institution's failure by encouraging central clearing and improving tran...


22 JUN 2011

Prevention and correction of macroeconomic imbalances - Implementation of excessive deficit procedure - Requirements for budgetary frameworks of Member States - Budgetary surveillance in euro area - Surveillance of budgetary positions and surveillance and coordination of economic policies - Enforcem

I would like to start by thanking the European Council. We can all see the incredibly sensitive situation in Europe and especially in the eurozone which has required different countries to work together in a way that has never been seen before. We can see the vital need to improve competitiveness an...


06 JUN 2011

Seventh EU programme for research, technological development and demonstration

Research and innovation are key to delivering growth and to meeting our biggest challenges. I have seen much excellent research funded by European grants, both in collaborative projects with industry and across borders, and in individual grants to expert scientists.However, Europe's framework progra...


11 MAY 2011

Developments in the ongoing debt crisis and the EU response

The sovereign debt crisis will not be solved until the banks are sorted out, and you cannot sort out the banks if regulators' stress tests refuse to admit that the sovereign debt crisis exists. There is also a public confidence crisis. Some countries bailed out their own banks at huge cost to the ta...


10 MAY 2011

European Bank Crisis and Stress Tests

Last summer's stress tests were meant to restore confidence in banks. This was Europe's attempt to tell global markets to 'calm down, dear' . It failed. Nineteen weeks later, the Irish banks collapsed and taxpayers across Europe were forced into a bail-out, and just last week we learnt that EUR 12 b...



My Political Priorities

Economic Stability must come first. Without a strong economy we can not deliver a strong society. I work with businesses and consumers to keep Britain open for business, cutting red tape, boosting trade opportunities and helping to deliver jobs and growth for all.

I support Science and Research which is key to delivering better medical care and improved lifestyles for all our families.

Strong security is vital in today's uncertain world, which requires robust policing and defence and deep international relationships that we can depend on. I work with others to achieve this.

I care about the Countryside and the Environment and making sure that rural and urban communities flourish.