I am an elected member of the European Parliament
for the South East… sitting as an independent

Recent posts and blogs
31Oct 17

We want our money back from the European Investment Bank

This article was originally published on the City AM website. The EU is trying to make it as hard as possible for the UK to leave the bloc. It has been well reported that the exit bill keeps going up and up, and that the rights of EU citizens living here will be subject to the jurisdiction of the European Courts of Justice. But at the same time as demanding that Britain must settle its divorce…

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26Oct 17

I am sick and tired of American failed politicians telling us what to do

I hope you all caught up with American Bloomberg’s latest comment effectively telling the UK that we were effectively nuts to vote Brexit. His comment brought to mind the World War 2 comment ‘Overpaid, oversexed and over here’. This was said supposedly as good humoured banter between US soldiers and UK citizens. Of those 3 adverbs certainly ‘overpaid and over here’ apply to him. But are you, like me, getting seriously fed-up with a bunch…

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12Oct 17
The Chancellor Needs To Plan For Brexit

The Chancellor needs to plan for Brexit

This week we learned that the Chancellor has decided not to plan for a Brexit "no deal" scenario with the EU. He does not want to commit any cash in case we are unable to get a deal with Brussels and I don't think that's acceptable at all! He is responsible for the fiscal health of our economy and he needs to plan for every eventuality. Please watch my video and answer my poll below!

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10Oct 17

Glasgow University Brexit Debate

I was honoured to participate in the Glasgow University Brexit debate last Friday. Myself, Tom Burns and Mark Littlewood opposed the motion "This House regrets Brexit". We debated against Alistair Campbell, Alan Johnson and Christine Jardine. We had a fantastic evening and we only lost because somebody played the bagpipes...!

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05Oct 17

The fight against cybercrime

The European Commission’s beefed up Cybersecurity Agency designed to organise pan-European cybersecurity exercises annually and ensure better sharing of threat intelligence and knowledge, a further step by the EU to take control of the internet. A document from the European Union recently revealed it is calling for massive internet censorship and filtering. The proposals, once adopted, mean that European countries will follow in China’s footsteps regarding online censorship. Freedom of speech will deteriorate and pro-EU…

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03Oct 17

Brexit bashing and bullying from Brussels

This morning MEPs had the opportunity to discuss the current status of UK EU Brexit negotiations. Let's just say that I am not happy at all with the continued "Brexit bashing" and bullying that we are seeing from Brussels.

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27Sep 17

Subsidise that: The EU energy grants lining Berlin’s pockets

This article was originally published on the City AM website. The future for German energy supplies is becoming more uncertain. As I wrote last week, the early retirement of the nuclear fleet, the necessity to phase out heavy emitting fuels like lignite and coal from the mix, and a heavy reliance upon gas imports from Russia have backed German policymakers into a corner. While there is no doubt that Germany’s dash for renewables has made it…

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21Sep 17

The EU is prepared to bend the rules on Russia – when it’s in Germany’s interests

This article was originally published on the City AM website. The EU is in a fix. It perceives danger on its Eastern frontier from Russia, yet its energy and climate policies make it ultra-dependent upon it for energy supplies. There is no doubt that Germany is the driving force behind the EU. It is the bloc’s industrial powerhouse and exporter, and also provides much of the monetary direction – rightfully so, as the largest contributor…

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15Sep 17

Internship Interview With Francesca Bunn

Entering my last year in secondary education I had the utmost pleasure of attending a week’s work experience with my South East Region constituency MEP, Diane James. The week’s work experience lasted from the Monday to the Thursday and was held in Strasbourg, France during the September Voting Week of the European Parliament. The week kick-started with an introduction to both Ms. James and her accredited parliamentary assistant, Ms. Milossa. Work quickly got underway with…

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14Sep 17
The State Of The Union 2017

The State of the Union 2017

Do not be fooled: President Juncker's "ever closer Union" is nothing more than a huge power grab. In this speech we were given exact details on how Brussels is going to control new competences.

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