Vicky Ford MEP

Member of the European Parliament for the East of England

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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 that simple test: will it make it easier or harder for businesses to thrive? The Commission has cut back on new legislation; you are making sure that existing laws work, and you have promised to remove more bureaucracy. You have taken 70 proposals off the table. Commissioner, thank you for listening to the ECR.


However, Parliament's resolution on the Work Programme called for a deeper political union, including European standards on welfare, health care and education. I disagree – these are matters that are better left to our national governments, and I know that many colleagues across this Parliament felt the same. The Single Market is meant to help economic opportunity that delivers growth and jobs. You have said that this is no time for 'business as usual'. Let us not be hoodwinked by the Left into proposals that could leave Europe no place for business as usual.

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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.