Constituency parties can be so much more than cogs in the national machine – let’s empower them to play their part tackling local problems and poverty.
Posts by Syed Kamall MEP
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Syed Kamall: That there has been a Brexit talks breakthrough is no thanks to the Commission’s negotiating plan
Hopefully, these efforts will pay off next week when national leaders decide whether to open talks on trade and a transition period. It is time to get down to business.
Syed Kamall: Why time pressure is cutting both ways in the Brexit talks – with pressure on the EU as well as the UK
Already, the EU is demanding discussion of certain trade matters which, according to its repeated statements, should not be brought up until the next phase of talks.
The Party apparatus may be in the capital, but it is not connected with the city’s residents. We must reach out and engage.
After we leave the EU, Tories should take care to maintain the alliances we have built with like-minded politicians on the continent.
Tusk’s statement last week responding to Article 50 struck the right tone. It was measured, matter of fact and avoided confrontation.
Syed Kamall: Grammars? Academies? Call them what you like, modern selective schools are a winning formula
As long as their priority is social mobility, we should cheer on Hammond and May.
Syed Kamall: How Conservatives and reformists in Brussels decided the European Parliament’s presidency
Meanwhile, shock, anger, sorrow and denial over the democratic decision of the British people to leave the EU has been replaced by a more business-like approach.
The ECRG Chairman gives his regular report.
Government can’t do it alone. Success will require private companies and charities.
The EPP Christian Democrat group now believes that the Union can reconnect to people by giving richer middle class kids free summer holidays backpacking around the Dordogne.
“…where the state is a hindrance rather than a facilitator or crowds out voluntary initiatives, let’s roll back the state, roll forward society and place Conservatism truly at the heart of our local communities.”
Be under no illusion – the process will be arduous. But the new relationship the British people want and deserve is achievable.
Meanwhile, and on a happier note, Timothy Kirkhope has finally steered the Passenger Name Records (PNR) legislation through the Parliament.
Too many in the EU are looking at solutions for next year or the year after, such as a European border guard – able to be deployed even if the country concerned objects.