MEP News & Press Releases

31/1/17

Ipswich Star Headline  –  East Anglia MEP says he was warned about security threat during visit to Iraq

David Campbell Bannerman criticised the “exaggerated” reaction to Donald Trump’s “extreme vetting” plan after he was criticised for a social media post in which he said it was reassuring to see that fast action could be taken in the US.  The full article can be seen here.

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26/1/17

Brussels ADMITS: Brexit Britain CAN have major trade deal like Canada signed

The Express reports that EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom agreed with Eastern Counties MEP and leading Brexit campaigner David Campbell Bannerman that CETA forms a good model for a UK/EU strategic partnership agreement.    For more on this important admission,  read the article here.

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18/1/17

David Campbell Bannerman Interviewed about Trump Presidency

Interviewed by RT on Wednesday 18th January 2017,  Eastern Counties MEP David Campbell Bannerman said that Trump’s view on the EU that they were undemocratic and remote was very similiar to his own feelings.  He also believes that,  despite some alarming comments,  Trump does support NATO but will simply make EU members pay their fair share – just as Britain does now.

For more on the interview,  you can view it here.

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4/1/17

David Campbell Bannerman MEP was interviewed on the BBC Radio Ulster Talkback show by presenter William Crawley on the resignation of UKREP Ambassador Sir Ivan Rogers.

During the interview,  David Campbell Bannerman said that as the world’s fifth largest economy and the EU’s biggest trading partner, the UK would secure a strong deal from the EU during the Brexit negotiations.

You can listen to the interview here.

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3/1/17

Writing in the Telegraph,  David Campbell Bannerman wrote that ‘As an MEP with seven years experience on European Parliament trade deals, I tear my hair out at half understood claims, lurid assumptions and unbridled ignorance in much media reporting. Take for example scaremongering claims by our now former Ambassador to the EU, Sir Ivan Rogers, that a UK-EU trade deal could take 10 years. Or the claims that 38 EU parliaments need to accept our deal. Shock, horror, fear – we will be in limbo for years! These are half-truths.’   The MEP noted that ‘some of the EU-27 have very little UK trade, such as Romania, we are Germany’s second largest export market, and second also for Ireland and Poland, third for Denmark, fourth for Belgium, France and the Netherlands, fifth for Spain and Italy.’

The MEP stated that ‘I believe it is safer to plan for the guaranteed option of a World Trade Organisation Rules deal, but aspire to a better and more ambitious deal – what I call a “WTOPlus” deal – that keeps zero tariffs, and consult around the Canadian CETA deal that the EU claims to be the best ever free trade agreement it has done, includes services, and gives almost 100% tariff-free access to the EU Single Market, all without a fee or free movement.’

You can read the full article here.

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20/11/16

David Campbell Bannerman Interviewed by The Sunday Times and The Sun on New Plan to Save HMS Illustrious From Scrapyard

The Sun reported on Sunday 20th November 2016 that  ‘David Campbell Bannerman, who has led the HMS Illustrious rescue campaign, said: “This new bid meets all the government’s aspirations and would make £1 million more, create many jobs and would impose no further cost on the MoD. ‘  The MEP noted that “It just doesn’t make sense to scrap her now – it is irrational and unreasonable.”’

The Sunday Times reported that ‘David Campbell Bannerman, a Conservative MEP representing the consortium, said there was “still hope” that a deal might be struck to save the historic warship for the nation.’  The MEP noted that ‘the consortium had offered to buy the ship from the Turkish shipyard, but a clause in the MoD contract stipulates that Illustrious be scrapped and not sold on.’ and that ‘“The MoD could waive that clause….It just doesn’t make sense to scrap her now — it is irrational and unreasonable.”‘
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18/11/16

David Campbell Bannerman Interviewed in IB Times on Obama Intervention in the Brext Referendum and the TTIP Negotiations

Interviewed in the International Business Times,  David Campbell Bannerman MEP said that ‘”When Obama threatened Britain [ahead of the EU referendum] over going to the ‘back of the queue’ it backfired, and support for Brexit went up not down…….The idea of demanding global transparency is utterly nonsensical.”

The full article can be read here.

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18/10/16

David Campbell Bannerman MEP Slams ‘Delusional’ Clegg Claims on Soft Brexit

Interviewed in the Express on the 18th October 2016,  David Campbell Bannerman was interviewed about the claim by former Lib Democrat leader Nick Clegg  that Britain could have soft Brexit.  The MEP said that ‘Clegg is delusional – remaining in the single market with no control over its laws and with freedom of movement is not an option.  The referendum campaign has finished, it is time for the former deputy prime minister to move on and accept that Britain is leaving the EU single market whilst retaining access to it, so it can take back control of its borders and its laws.  British voters have made it clear they want to leave the EU and control immigration. That means leaving the single market full stop. The Government has a responsibility to deliver on this – which they are. The sooner Clegg comes to terms with the fact Brexit is happening, and not seek seemingly clever ways of frustrating it the better for all of us.’

The full article can be found here.

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9/10/16

The Sun  –   David Campbell Bannerman Launches Campaign to Save HMS Illustrious from being Scrapped

Interviewed in the Sun,  David Campbell Bannerman MEP urged the PM to halt the “tragic farce” and save the historic British aircraft carrier.  The MEP noted that ‘
“The United States has five aircraft carriers and nine battleships preserved – we have none.   Launching the campaign,  David Campbell Bannerman demanded that “it is time to put the UK’s shameful record of ship preservation right” and preserve HMS Illustrious as an armed forces memorial.  You can find the Sun article here.

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23/9/16

Daily Express –  ‘Position of power’ May’s EU ace up her sleeve as 5.8m in Europe rely on Britain for jobs

Interviewed in the Daily Express on the thinktank Civitas report which found that ‘5.8 million jobs in the EU are dependent on UK trade while 3.6 million British jobs are linked to business with EU countries’,  David Campbell Bannerman said that ‘The report makes it clear that Britain will begin negotiations in a position of power.’ and that ‘the Eurozone could collapse if no satisfactory UK trade deal is done.’  For more,  you can read the Express article here.

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27/6/16

David Campbell Bannerman MEP Interviewed on BBC Cambridgeshire’s Dotty McLeod Breakfast Show

MEP for the Eastern Counties,  David Campbell Bannerman was interviewed about the options for Britain now that the UK has voted to quit the European Union.

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24/6/16 

David Campbell Bannerman Welcomes Brexit Referendum Result

In welcoming the result, David Campbell Bannerman paid tribute to the British people ‘I thank the British people for seeing through all the scares and having the guts and the principle and the common sense to support leaving the European Union.’

The full article can be found here.

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16/6/16

David Campbell Bannerman States that Farm Subsidies will Continue After Brexit

Speaking at a major cereal farmers’ conference in Cambridgeshire, David Campbell Bannerman, MEP for the Eastern Counties, stated that subsidies will continue if the UK quits the European Union. He added that the UK would agree a trade deal with the EU in order to ensure farmers could continue to trade with European Union member states.  For more, read the article here. More on the conference can be found here.

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12/6/16

David Campbell Bannerman Debates Brexit in BBC Look East Referendum Debate

Leading Eastern Counties MEP,  David Campbell Bannermam took part in the BBC Look East Referendum Special ‘Better In or Out’ on Sunday 12th of June 2016 .   Fellow panellists on the programme were DEFRA Minister and Conservative MP Liz Truss and fellow MEPs Patrick O’Flynn and Richard Howitt.  The debate can be found on the BBC iPlayer till May 2017 or here.

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10/6/16

Referendum debate held in Burnham Church

David Campbell Bannerman MEP for the Eastern Counties took part in a Brexit Referendum debate at St Mary’s Church in Burnham-on-Crouch on Friday 10th of June.  For more, read the Clacton Gazette coverage of the debate.

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9/6/16

David Campbell Bannerman MEP writes in the Dunmow Broadcast about why voters in the Eastern counties should vote to quit the European Union.

Leading Eurosceptic and MEP,  David Campbell Bannerman debated the Brexit Referendum with fellow Conservative MEP Vicky Ford on why Britain should quit the European Union.  David Campbell Bannerman wrote that ‘This debate is not right or left, but about who governs us. The common theme is about getting back control of our country and making decisions in the UK.’  He also noted that ‘The real choice is between superstate (Remain) or sovereignty (Leave). If you vote for remain based on all the scare-mongering about the economy and security, you will be signing us all up to becoming a province in a country called Europe,’

The full article can be found here.

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7/6/16

David Campbell Bannerman Spoke for Leave Side in Chipping Sodbury Debate on Brexit Referendum

During the debate,  David Campbell Bannerman, MEP for the Eastern Counties, argued that ‘ “They want a common welfare system, an EU minimum wage and ultimately an EU pension and they are already talking about an EU Army.”

He added: “Leaving would give us £10billion a year more to spend on infrastructure and border control.
“Believe in Britain again – if you vote remain you will deserve turning Britain into a super-state.”
For more on the debate,  please go to the local newspaper’s coverage of the packed out Town Hall event.

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31/5/16

Brexit Independence Day Bank Holiday

David Campbell Bannerman MEP is campaigning for June 23rd to become a public holiday to mark Britain becoming independent from the European Union.  For more, read the Independent article here.

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26/5/16

David Campbell Bannerman Interviewed on CNN about Brexit

David Campbell Bannerman MEP was interviewed on CNN to argue the case for Brexit. In order to see the interview, please visit the CNN site.

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16/5/16

David Campbell Bannerman Debates Brexit with Prestigious Panel

Organised by the Chiswick Calendar,  David Campbell Bannerman spoke for the Leave side alongside leading political commentator Peter Oborne and business leader John Mills.  The event was chaired by BBC presenter Julian Worricker and the opposing side was led by representatives from Britain Stronger In Europe and the CBI.  You can view the debate here.

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3/5/16

David Campbell Bannerman MEP takes Part in Oxford University Debate on  ‘Britain IN or OUT of Europe?’

Eastern Counties MEP,  David Campbell Bannerman was invited by the Blavatnik School of Government (Oxford University) to take part in their prestigious debate on Britain’s Brexit Referendum on the 23rd of June 2016.  At the end of the debate,  the final vote showed that David Campbell Bannerman MEP and the Brexit side had swayed many more people to consider voting for Brexit.   You can view the full debate and the before and after votes here.

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3/5/16

‘After Brexit we will negotiate a winning “British option” free trade deal with the EU’ By David Campbell Bannerman MEP

Writing in CapX, Eastern Counties MEP David Campbell Bannerman argues that on leaving the EU,  Britain will sign a free trade deal with the European Union entitled the ‘British option’ which will be better than anything on offer to any other nation.  For more,  see the article here.

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23/4/16

David Campbell Bannerman MEP Leads Brexit Business Debate in Norwich

David Campbell Bannerman MEP for the Eastern Counties spoke to an audience of 200 business leaders on why it would be good for British business if the UK quit the European Union. Read more in the Eastern Press.

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11/04/16

David Campbell Bannerman Warns of EU Power Grab of the British Welfare State

Interviewed in the Express Newspaper,  David Campbell Bannerman MEP for the Eastern Counties said that the EU was planning to take control of British pensions, benefits and the minimum wage once the UK voted in the Brexit Referendum.

The MEP noted that ‘that this Parliament has mysteriously 80 per cent less legislation than the last one – so far.  The reality is that a tsunami of new EU laws, such as a new common welfare system for the EU is being held back like a dam because of the UK referendum. ‘

The MEP warned that ‘“If we vote to remain we will be hit by a giant wave of hidden EU laws and the British people will feel totally deceived. ‘

The full article can be found here.

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7/4/16

David Campbell Bannerman Protests at Government’s Pro-Remain Propaganda

David Campbell Bannerman was Interviewed on Share Radio to Protest at Government’s Decision to Spend £9m to Issue Pro-Remain leaflet to 27million households in the UK.

The interview can be heard here.

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16/3/16

Conservative MEP David Campbell Bannerman praises Putin’s ‘strong nation state’ for intervening in Syria

David Campbell Bannerman had observed in his tweet ‘“Not pro-Putin, but note how strong nation state, with smaller economy than UK, gets in and sorts issue as West fumbles”.

The Independent picked up the tweet and reported that David Campbell Bannerman was arguing that ‘Vladimir Putin’s “strong nation state” has helped to resolve the country’s civil war.’   The full story can be found here

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3/3/16

David Campbell Bannerman Condemns EU Decision to Hand Migrants Cash in Envelopes

Interviewed in the Daily Express,  David Campbell Bannerman condemned an £550 million EU plan to
hand  migrants envelopes stuffed with cash.  The MEP warned that ‘”There is a danger that by handing over cash rather than basic essentials, British taxpayers’ money could end up in the hands of the human traffickers smuggling people through Europe. This is no way to ensure our security in Britain.”

The full article can be read here.

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1/3/16

David Campbell Bannerman was interviewed by the Swiss national newspaper Tages Anzeiger on the Referendum and the future of Anglo-EU relations. The article in German can be read here.

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29/2/16

David Campbell Bannerman Explains Britain’s Bright Future Out of the EU

Writing in the Huffington Post, David Campbell Bannerman explains why the UK will have a WTO Plus deal with the EU.  This is because it will closely resemble the FTA deal that the EU has recently agreed with Canada (CETA).  The MEP notes that the Canada deal offers the right way forward for Britain for it will ensure that ‘Canada will have access to the EU Single Market…… But Canada will not pay any market access fee, no membership fees, not have to enact the legal ‘acquis’ of 700,000 pages, or sign up to freedom of movement of EU citizens. Canada will retain its impressive visa scheme…. and continue to run Canada for the Canadian people.’

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/david-bannerman-mep/eu-referendum-brexit_b_9346348.html

The article mentions the speech by the Norwegian Ambassador in which he explains that Norway doesn’t pay for Single Market access.  This can be viewed here.

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25/2/16

David Campbell Bannerman MEP interviewed on Brexit on TRT World News

During the interview,  David Campbell Bannerman MEP said that he backed Brexit as Cameron’s renegotiations had shown that the EU was ‘unreformable’.   The MEP went on to say that he backed Brexit because it would mean that the UK would regain ‘control of our borders’ and stop mass migration.  He further noted that the EU actually endangered security for ‘we don’t know who is coming into Schengen’.   The MEP finished by saying that he wanted the UK to be ‘more global and less regional.’   The full interview can be seen here

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23/2/16

Cambridge News Interviews David Campbell Bannerman on Referendum

Interviewed by the Cambridge News,  David Campbell Bannerman MEP explained why he was backing Brexit ‘ “Despite the PM’s best efforts, and he has put in a great effort dashing around Europe, I just think it goes to show the EU can’t be reformed.”  The MEP also said the deal secured by Mr Cameron could not be legally enforced given it proposed no treaty change – billing it as “feeble and irrelevant”.  The MEP said that after Brexit, Britain would remain part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 research programme as the UK would be able to “pick and choose more about what we sign up to and what we don’t.’  For more, read the article here.

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21/2/16

David Campbell Bannerman Interviewed on BBC Radio Wales

David Campbell Bannerman MEP took part in an EU Referendum debate on the BBC Radio Wales programme ‘Sunday Supplement’ with fellow Conservative MEP Kay Swinburne who represents Wales.  The programmes’s presenter was Vaughan Roderick.

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19/2/16

David Campbell Bannerman Chairs First Rally of the Brexit Referendum Campaign

David Campbell Bannerman MEP chaired a Grassroots GO rally in London on Friday 17th February 2016.  The rally was so well-attended that it was standing room only at the Queen Elisabeth II conference hall near Westminster.

David can be seen chairing the event in this BBC story on the Brexit heavy hitters.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-35616580

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17/2/16

Reuters Interview David Campbell Bannerman MEP On WTO Plus Option

“If we get WTO plus (a free trade deal), we are a lot better off. If it is just the basic WTO deal we are still better off. The cake is better with the icing, but we will still eat,” said David Campbell Bannerman, an EU lawmaker for Cameron’s Conservatives, who is campaigning for “out”.  For more, please read the article here.

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17/2/16

David Campbell Bannerman To Play Leading Role in the Brexit Referendum GO Movement

Tory MEP David Campbell Bannerman, will chair the organisation’s “Political Advisory Group”, which is made up of members from every affiliated political group and ‘Leave’ organisation. Members of the committee will input into messaging, strategy and direction of the campaign.  For more, read the article here.

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14/1/2016

MEPs Barred From Hearing Evidence of Senior EU Official

Interviewed in the Daily Mail,  David Campbell Bannerman MEP said
that it was a ‘public scandal’ that British MEPs were barred from the in camera
meeting of the House of Commons EU Select Committee.  The meeting was
held in private at the request of senior EU official Jonathan Faull –
who is the head of the European Commission’s Brexit taskforce who wanted
only prepared to give his evidence behind closed doors.  See the article here.

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15/1/2016

David Campbell Bannerman Criticises Cameron For Backtracking on Free Vote Promises

Interviewed in the Sun newspaper,  David Campbell Bannerman warned
the Prime Minister that if he stops Ministers campaigning for Brexit, he will
get ‘serious resignations’.  For more, see the article here.

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4/2/16 –

David Campbell Bannerman Slams Cameron Renegotiation Deal

Writing in the Huffington Post,  David Campbell Bannerman MEP wrote that
‘Far from a Triumph, the Prime Minister’s deal is a disaster.’

You can read the whole article here

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3/2/16

David Campbell Bannerman MEP Rejects Cameron Renegotiation Deal on Share Radio About

Speaking on Share Radio, David Campbell Bannerman MEP said that
‘people had seen through, the non-deal, and it is not touching the real issues
that people need to see addressed’

For more, visit this link.

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1/2/16  

EU Commissioner Quizzed on Expenses

David Campbell Bannerman MEP queries Vice-President and
EU Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources Kristalina Georgieva’s
excessive travel expenses. Read more here.

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DCB interview on the World at One – 25/9/15. 

David Campbell Bannerman Rejects Farage Claim to Lead Brexit Referendum Campaign.

Interviewed on the Radio Four Show ‘The World at One’ on Friday 25th of September 2015,  David Campbell Bannerman MEP,  said that Nigel Farage could not be the face of the Out campaign as he was seen as a divisive figure who alienated key voter groups.  David Campbell Bannerman said that the Out campaign needed a team approach and there would be a cross-party campaign launched in the next few weeks in order to win the Referendum.

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22nd November 2015

EU plans to kick Britain and France off UN Security Council

The European Union is pursuing a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council, which would mean both Britain and France would be forced to surrender their membership.

The European Parliament will this week vote on controversial plans to give the European Union a permanent seat on the Security Council.

The move would see the two EU Member States which hold a permanent seat – Britain and France -forced to give up their seats on the United Nations Security Council and instead be represented by an unelected official from Brussels.

The report on ‘the role of the EU within the UN – how to achieve EU foreign policy goals’ from the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee states:

“Considering the contribution of the EU to peace and security architecture in the world, calls on a reform of the Security Council that would ensure a permanent seat to the European Union; notes that, due to the absence of the EU from the Security Council, the burden of echoing, advocating for and defending the interests of the EU, based on a coordinated CFSP, lies on the two permanent and the rotating European members” (paragraph 3, page 7)

The author of the report is Paavo Väyrynen MEP, a member of the Centre Party from Finland who sits in the Liberal Group in the European Parliament. Mr Väyrynen  is a former Finnish Foreign Minister from the Centre Party.

The vote will take place at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France on Tuesday (24th November 2015).

Senior Conservative MEP David Campbell Bannerman, who is Co-Chair of the influential Eurosceptic group Conservatives for Britain, said:

“This is an outrageous and dangerous proposal from the EU.

“Britain and France will be forced to surrender their seats on the UN Security Council to the EU.

“This would spell the end of Britain being at the heart of international security at a time when the world faces an unprecedented terrorist threat.”

“This is a hostile attack on Britain’s sovereignty and one that we must resist.

“Britain has already been forced to relinquish its seat at the World Trade Organisation by the EU, which means Britain has no say on international trade deals.

“We must not give Brussels our seat on the Security Council.

“Britain must stand against these attempts to form a European Empire.”

The UN Security Council, formed in 1946 is responsible for international peace and security. There are five permanent members – the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and the United States.

Attempts by the EU to force the UK to give up its seat on the Security Council comes at the end of a difficult week for the Prime Minister who has faced growing dissent from Tory backbenchers over his “feeble” approach to EU renegotiation.

Conservatives for Britain MPs, MEPs and Lords met on Tuesday in Parliament to discuss the Prime Ministers letter to President of the European Council, Donald Tusk which set out his renegotiation requests.

David Campbell Bannerman and Steve Baker the two Co-Chairs of CfB announced that they could no longer support the Prime Ministers renegotiation strategy because of the Government’s “weak” position and that they would now campaign for Britain to leave the EU.

Following the meeting, the two Co-Chairs released a statement which said:

“The vast majority of Conservatives for Britain colleagues in attendance believe the time has come to start campaigning alongside Vote Leave.”

You can see the video here

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DCB interview on the World at One – 25/9/15. 

David Campbell Bannerman Rejects Farage Claim to Lead Brexit Referendum Campaign.

Interviewed on the Radio Four Show ‘The World at One’ on Friday 25th of September 2015,  David Campbell Bannerman MEP,  said that Nigel Farage could not be the face of the Out campaign as he was seen as a divisive figure who alienated key voter groups.  David Campbell Bannerman said that the Out campaign needed a team approach and there would be a cross-party campaign launched in the next few weeks in order to win the Referendum.

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Thursday, 17 September 2015

David Campbell Bannerman MEP: Over 2000 hanged in Iran by Rouhani

The news website for the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) have reported on David Campbell Bannerman’s speech to the European Parliament and the European Union foreign policy chief Frederica Mogherini on September 9th 2015.  David Campbell Bannerman criticised the EU foreign affairs chief for taking tea with the so-called moderate President Rouhani who has hanged more than 2,000 people. The MEP went on to say that  ‘ …this is the highest level of executions for 25 years…. the highest number of executions per head in the world.’

http://www.ncr-iran.org/en/news/human-rights/254-stop-executions-in-iran/19138-david-campbell-bannerman-mep-over-2000-hanged-in-iran-by-rouhan
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Leading Eurosceptic MEP David Campbell Bannerman was featured in the Independent on the 7th of September 2015, with his book ‘Time To Jump’.  David Campbell Bannerman is the co-chair of the Conservatives for Britain Group.
Read the article here.

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Eastern Counties MEP Blames EU for Europe’s Refugee Crisis

Speaking on the BBC Three Counties JVS radio show on Wednesday 2nd September 2015,  David Campbell Bannerman MEP for the Eastern Counties said that the EU’s policies had made the European refugee crisis ‘far worse’.  The MEP rejected Labour MP Yvette Cooper’s demand that the UK should accept 10,000 refugees, saying that the UK was already paying £800millon in order to help Syria and was also providing assistance to the UN.   David Campbell Bannerman said that Yvette Cooper’s suggestion  ‘was not a sensible proposal’ for if ‘we allow in ten thousand one day,  why not 100,000 the next’.   The MEP said that the UN and other bodies were providing the most suitable support to refugees with camps close by in Turkey and elsewhere.  He went on to say that the UK cannot accept more people as the country was already too crowded with net migration levels now hitting their highest ever point at 330,000.  The MEP argued that this put huge strains on the UK’s hard pressed schools, hospitals and GP surgeries.   The MEP finished by saying that whilst he was sympathetic to the refugees’ plight, simply ‘opening the door, won’t work.’

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17.9.15  David Campbell Bannerman Ridicules EU Migrant Postcard Plan

Interviewed by the Express,  David Campbell Bannerman MEP ridiculed the EU migrant postcard plan, saying that the approach means that member states will be ‘ keeping their fingers crossed that rejected asylum seekers voluntarily return to their country of origin”  and that migrants will actually  “report back in on their return.”   The MEP went on to say that the measure represented a  ‘dangerous new low’ for the EU and will mean in practice that   “We will be none the wiser how many rejected asylum seekers have voluntarily returned and how many have remained in the EU illegally by fleeing.’   David Campbell Bannerman concluded that “the EU’s confused and feeble policy means Europe now has no effective border with the Middle East.”

Read the article here –

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/604840/EU-tells-migrants-Send-us-postcard-when-back-home

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7.9.15  David Campbell Bannerman MEP Condemns EU for Refugee Crisis

Speaking on Radio Five Live Saturday Breakfast show on the 7th September 2015,  David Campbell Bannerman MEP for the Eastern Counties,  stated that the only way to end the ‘terrible war’ in Syria which had caused millions of people to flee their homes was military action against ISIS in Syria. The MEP went on to say that the EU had made a ‘right mess’ of the situation and in his view,   the best way to help the refugees was through regional camps of which Britain was the most generous supporter in the world.  He believes that this approach would stop people from running terrible risks in getting to Europe and so put a stop to any  more terrible tragedies.

You can listen to the radio interview here

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7.9.15 Independent Picture DCB with ‘Time to Jump’

David Campbell Bannerman and his book 'Time to Jump'.

Leading Eurosceptic MEP David Campbell Bannerman pictured in the Independent on the 7th of September 2015, with his book ‘Time To Jump’.  David Campbell Bannerman is the co-chair of the Conservatives for Britain Group.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/eurosceptic-tory-mps-threaten-to-join-with-labour-and-snp-to-defeat-proposed-eu-referendum-rules-10488918.html

 

 

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2.9.15

Eastern Counties MEP Blames EU for Europe’s Refugee Crisis

Speaking on the BBC Three Counties JVS radio show on Wednesday 2nd September 2015,  David Campbell Bannerman MEP for the Eastern Counties said that the EU’s policies had made the European refugee crisis ‘far worse’.  The MEP rejected Labour MP Yvette Cooper’s demand that the UK should accept 10,000 refugees, saying that the UK was already paying £800millon in order to help Syria and was also providing assistance to the UN.   David Campbell Bannerman said that Yvette Cooper’s suggestion  ‘was not a sensible proposal’ for if ‘we allow in ten thousand one day,  why not 100,000 the next’.   The MEP said that the UN and other bodies were providing the most suitable support to refugees with camps close by in Turkey and elsewhere.  He went on to say that the UK cannot accept more people as the country was already too crowded with net migration levels now hitting their highest ever point at 330,000.  The MEP argued that this put huge strains on the UK’s hard pressed schools, hospitals and GP surgeries.   The MEP finished by saying that whilst he was sympathetic to the refugees’ plight, simply ‘opening the door, won’t work.’

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13.6.15 David Campbell Bannerman MEP speaks at Iran Freedom Conference

“European lawmaker from the UK, David Campbell Bannerman, addressed the major Iran Freedom rally in Villepinte on Saturday, June 13, 2015. The event was held at Parc des Expositions exhibition center.

Campbell Bannerman, President of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with Iraq, called for protection of Iranian dissidents in Camp Liberty.

Iranians and their international supporters including 600 international lawmakers and personalities attended the rally in support of Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi’s 10-point plan for a future free Iran.

They indicated that the prevention of nuclear proliferation and the defeat of Islamic fundamentalism calls for supporting Iran’s Parliament-in-exile, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), to bring about regime change.”

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24.7.16

David Campbell Bannerman MEP Demands Axing of EU’s Unused Parliament Complex in Luxembourg

Interviewed by the order-order.com website, David Campbell Bannerman MEP for the Eastern Counties demanded that the EU’s unused third Parliament in Luxembourg should be axed as the  building hasn’t been used since 1981. This is because the building has been mothballed  as the Parliament now only meets in Brussels and Strasbourg. The unused Luxembourg Parliament costs £45million to maintain as it includes a 208 seat chamber and attached buildings. Moreover, the MEP has even been refused permission to visit the Luxembourg Parliament as tours are only granted to the citizens of  Luxembourg, France, Belgium, Germay and the Netherlands. This means that 65% of the EU’s entire population cannot visit a building which is paid for by their taxes.   Find out more here.

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1.6.15 David Campbell Bannerman Demands Radical EU Reforms

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph on the 31st May 2015, David Campbell Bannerman demanded that Cameron’s EU reform must not be a ‘sham’. The MEP for the Eastern Counties said that Prime Minister has the opportunity to be radical and must take it.

Read more here.

The Daily Star picked up the story and reported that ‘Tory MEP David Campbell Bannerman told Mr Cameron he must deliver radical reforms because the public would not accept a “sham” deal.’

Read more here.

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29/5/15

David Campbell Bannerman Interviewed by the Economist’s Society on the Advantages of Brexit.

You can view the interview on their channel here.

The Economist’s Society is the only official student society for the UCL department of Economics.

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24th July 2015: David Campbell Bannerman MEP Demands Axing of EU’s Unused Parliament Complex in Luxembourg

interviewed by the order-order.com website,   David Campbell Bannerman MEP for the Eastern Counties demanded that the EU’s unused third Parliament in Luxembourg should be axed as the  building hasn’t been used since 1981.  This is because the building has been mothballed  as the Parliament now only meets in Brussels and Strasbourg.    The unused Luxembourg Parliament costs £45million to maintain as it includes a 208 seat chamber and attached buildings. Moreover, the MEP has even been refused permission to visit the Luxembourg Parliament as tours are only granted to the citizens of  Luxembourg, France, Belgium, Germay and the Netherlands.  This means that 65% of the EU’s entire population cannot visit a building which is paid for by their taxes.   Find out more here

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19.5.15 David Campbell Bannerman MEP Slams EU Defence Policy

Speaking in the European Parliament on Tuesday, 19th of May 2015, David Campbell Bannerman MEP, said that the EU Parliament Danjean Report ‘invents EU defence roles that are not wanted, and not desirable.’ The MEP noted that the EU is planning ambitious operations in the Mediterranean but their plans bypass the existing NATO HQ in Naples. The MEP finished by demanding why the EU was always trying to duplicate and undermine NATO and who was going to pay for such unnecessary duplication.

Watch a recording of David’s speech here

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19.5.15 David Campbell Bannerman MEP Interviewed on BBC Radio Four PM programme on UKIP Rift

Speaking on the BBC Radio Four PM programme on Thursday 14th May 2015, David Campbell Bannerman MEP of the Eastern Counties said that UKIP was a pressure party and its future – if it has one – lies with moving to the left and appealing to Labour voters.

The MEP was interviewed with UKIP expert Matthew Goodwin who is Associate Professor of Politics at Nottingham University by Eddie Mair.

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14.5.15 UKIP has ‘outgrown’ Farage

BBC Politics Live – 14th May 2015 ( link for BBC Politics Live – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-politics-32726181)

Former UKIP deputy leader David Campbell Bannerman – now a Conservative MEP – tells the BBC News Channel that his former party has “outgrown” its leader. He says Nigel Farage should step down to focus on campaigning during the In/Out referendum on membership of the European Union promised by the PM. “Nigel Farage should work on the referendum and not be fighting this great battle within the United Kingdom Independence Party,” he says. Suggesting that Conservatives’ referendum pledge won votes from UKIP’s right-leaning supporters, Mr Bannerman adds: “UKIP will have to go left if it’s to stay in existence.”

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14.5.15 David Campbell Bannerman MEP Interviewed on R5L on UKIP Split

During his interview on R5L ‘Question Time Extra Time’ on Thursday 14th of May, David Campbell Bannerman, Conservative MEP for the Eastern Counties, said that the Nigel Farage’s resignation and the UKP split was ‘farcical and entertaining’ . The MEP said that Patrick O’Flynn’s attack on Nigel Farage was ‘extraordinary’ and that it was a very personal attack from Mr O’Flynn who was UKIP’s General Election Campaign Director. David Campbell Bannerman MEP went on to say that with the Conservative victory at the General Election, UKIP had lost its unique selling point as the Conservative Government will now deliver a Brexit Referendum.

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David Campbell Bannerman MEP Believes Conservatives Will Win General Election

Interviewed on Bloomberg News on Monday 4th May, David Campbell Bannerman MEP for the Eastern Counties, said that the Conservatives will be the largest party following the 2015 General Election and may even have a small majority.

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David Campbell Bannerman Speaks at International Diplomatic Forum

On Tuesday the 24th March, David Campbell Bannerman MEP of the Eastern Counties spoke on the benefits of Brexit at the World Diplomatic Forum London conference on EU/UK Relations in front of an audience of senior diplomats from around the world.


The ‘Alternatives to EU Membership’  Conference on Wednesday 18th February was hailed a great success with such leading speakers as Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP,  Sir Bill Cash MP,  John Mills, Matthew Elliott and of course the organiser David Campbell Bannerman MEP who spoke on EEA Lite.

You can view all the speeches from the conference by clicking this link here.

ECR EU Conference
Over 110 delegates attended the ECR EU Conference held at Europe House, London, hosted by David Campbell Bannerman MEP

To find out more information about David’s book ‘Time to Jump’ or to order a copy, you can visit the Time to Jump website here.

David Campbell Bannerman has also published ‘The Ultimate Plan B: A Positive Vision of an independent Britain outside the European Union’ booklet. You can request a copy or download a pdf. More information can be found here.

Delegates’ Response:

This is what Delegates said of the Conference:
“Thank you for hosting an excellent conference which helped me complete my journey towards euroscepticism!”
Jonathan Roberts, UK Chamber of Shipping

“Thank you very much for organising yesterday’s conference – it was truly superb!”
Rory Broomfield, The Freedom Association

“We go to so many debates and discussions about the EU and I have certainly been to my fair share over many years but this was the best by far!”
Lindsay Jenkins, author

Scotland Decided: On the front line, this referendum has set grassroots politics alight

“Go back to England!”. Yes, I have had abuse. But so did the Irish financial expert from Dublin helping Better Together who was also told to go back to England. And back to the East of England I will indeed go. No time to mention that one in ten living in Scotland are English, and this was a resident’s vote not a citizen’s one, with Romanians and Poles voting No – ironically to keep Scotland in the EU. But I am glad I made the time to campaign for Scotland to stay in the UK, from Inverness to Ayrshire, Aberdeen to Edinburgh, Glasgow to Perth. And most people are polite.

You can read the full article by David on the Conservative Home website here.

 

Big-spending Brussels Eurocrats came under fire for giving millions to rehabilitate Peruvian drug addicts

David Campbell Bannerman MEP said:

“This is another example of unelected bureaucrats wasting taxpayers’ money to achieve their imperialist ambitions,” he said.

“The EU should not be handing over tens of millions of taxpayers’ money to tackle drug addiction in Peru when it is such a big issue at home. If
there is valuable taxpayers money available, it should be spent efficiently in Europe.

“The Commissioner says he wants to help Peru on its journey to growth. The EU would do better concerning itself with its own grave financial
difficulties.”

Read the full stories and David’s comments here:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/10993075/EU-gives-25m-to-treat-drug-addicts-in-Peru.html

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/492357/EU-Taxpayer-Donation-Rehabilitation-Peru-Peruvian-Drug-Addicts

 

EU Referendum Debate post Juncker

“The Confederation of British Industry is “blindly backing” EU membership without any criticism or thought, according to a Conservative MEP.”

Read David’s interview by the International Business Times here.

7.2.14

Don’t confuse the EU with the UN, says Euro Politician

With the Euro Elections fast approaching, and the potential for a referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU on the horizon, one current European politician is urging voters to realize the difference between the EU and other international bodies, like the United Nations. (UN)

Speaking in the EU debating chamber following an arms treaty agreed by the UN, David Campbell Bannerman, a Conservative MEP said: “It is vital to stress the difference between the United Nations, which is intergovernmental ,ie, agreements are made between governments, and the European Union which is Supra or Transnational, ie, it cuts above or across nation states.”

Mr Campbell Bannerman is a known Euro-Sceptic and recently had a sellout book published, that argues why and how Britain should leave the EU.

As the Euro elections and a possible referendum draw nearer, one of his concerns is that many voters do not realise the key differences between how policies are made in the UN compared to the EU, and will view the latter with the same positive regard that the UN enjoys.

He added: “The official UN brochure says ‘The UN is not a Superstate nor is it a World government. The state members of the UN remain sovereign and equal, and have no intention of delegating this sovereignty to any supranational entity.’

“That’s pretty much the complete opposite of what the EU is trying and sadly succeeding in doing.

“When it comes to deciding the future of our involvement in the EU, voters must not allow themselves to be hoodwinked by those claiming it’s a European version of the UN, it isn’t, it doesn’t want to be, and it never will be.

“Whilst the UN seeks agreement among nation states, the EU seeks control over them.”

ENDS

 

5.8.13

Parties prepare for European election battle next summer

There are seven MEPs to be elected from the East of England in next year’s elections – voted in by a system of proportional representation.

The last time the seats were contested, in 2009, the Conservatives won three, UKIP two, with Labour and the LibDems winning one each.

One of the two UKIP MEPs – David Campbell-Bannerman – subsequently rejoined the Conservatives and is now third on their list of possible MEPs.

Read more: http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/politics/parties_prepare_for_european_election_battle_next_summer_1_2314746

6.6.13

Iceland most unlikely to join EU

News that Iceland has frozen its application to join the EU, and may abandon membership altogether has been welcomed by one of the UK’s Euro-MPs, speaking at the EEA / EU Joint Parliamentary Committee in Brussels. This follows a general election in the country that saw a Euro-sceptic alliance sweep to power in the one of the greatest election swings in Europe.

Conservative MEP David Campbell Bannerman said he wished to congratulate the Icelandic people on their ‘sensible and farsighted’ decision to back the Euro-sceptic parties. Earlier this month he met Iceland’s Finance Minister and Chairman of the Independence Party Bjarni Benediktsson.

“This is a country that we all know has had its share of economic difficulties.” Mr Campbell Bannerman said. “It is on the road to recovery precisely because of the actions it has been able to take as an independent, sovereign nation with a free floating currency.

“Were it to be a member of the EU and Euro at the time of its difficulties, we may have seen the anti-austerity riots that have plagued Athens played out on the streets of Reykjavik, as Brussels bureaucrats would have moved in to take control of the country.”

In discussion with Mr Campbell Bannerman, Bjarni Benediktsson said: “We are members of the EEA which means we have access to the EU market. Becoming  member of the EU would involve a price we are not willing to pay.

“At the moment, Iceland can act alone in securing bilateral agreements, we have recently agreed one with China.

“There is a difficulty negotiating agreements on behalf of 27 countries, you have to do a lot of compromising of interests.”

The Euro-MP recently attended a conference of the Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists, (AECR) hosted in Iceland, where he also met Raga Ragnheiour Elin Arnadottir, an MP with the Independence Party in Iceland, and AECR Vice President.

The Independence party formed a ruling coalition earlier this week, with the equally Euro-sceptic Progressive Party, after voters ousted the incumbent pro-EU Social Democratic Alliance, in a General Election last month.

Mr Campbell Bannerman added: “Fishing is the backbone of the Icelandic economy, it accounts for 40% of the country’s exports.

“If Iceland joined the EU, it would be forced to abide by the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy, which sets quotas regarding the amount and species of fish that can be landed.

“The EU has made such a shambles of fishing, and destroyed the livelihoods of so many fisherman across the member states, it is no surprise Icelandic voters have given the Union the thumbs-down.

After a meeting with Mr Campbell Bannerman, and in an interview with the Financial Times, Mr Benediktsson, who is also the head of the Independence Party, said the situation in the EU and eurozone had worsened in recent times. He said parliament would be given an overview of the EU talks and they would decide whether to call a referendum, which would be necessary for negotiations to resume.

“We believe the accession talks were started without the necessary support in Iceland. We will not go further with the talks. We also have to listen to what the EU has to say about our approach; maybe it will make no sense to hold a referendum,” he said.

6.6.13

EU refuses to rule out trade agreement if UK leaves

Despite intense questioning by a UK MEP, the EU Trade Commissioner refused to be drawn on the question of whether the EU would negotiate a trade agreement with the UK, if Britain was to leave the EU.

Earlier this month Commissioner De Gucht, the EU Trade Commissioner since 2010, used an article in the Independent to claim it would be ‘madness’ for Britain to leave the EU, as it would put vital trade benefits at risk, possibly at the cost of tens of thousands of jobs. He went on to say,  “you need decision on the basis of facts and figures.. not myths.”

Challenging the Commissioner, at a meeting of the International Trade Committee this week, Conservative MEP David Campbell Bannerman asked if his statements in the press meant a trade agreement with the UK, should we leave the EU, was impossible. He said: “Since you have engaged in British politics, could you please tell me these facts:

“If Britain were theoretically to vote to leave the EU in a referendum in 2016/2017, then are you saying as Trade Commissioner that the EU would be unable to negotiate a trade agreement with your biggest customer – the UK?

“Britain now imports nearly £4 billion of goods and services from the EU-26 nations – €5 billion more than it exports to the EU-26 every month, and Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty requires the EU to negotiate a withdrawal agreement with any member state that leaves.

“So, surely, we would have an EU/UK Free Trade Agreement like Norway and Switzerland, and not  lose trade jobs, and to say otherwise is scaremongering… is a myth?”

Taken a much more conciliatory line than his published comments would suggest, the Commissioner replied: “I like English politicians. They have a special style, add a special flavour to the discussion. Sometimes they look angry but this is their special sense of humour”.

“I did not speak on behalf of colleagues, but privately most will agree.”

“You do believe in free speech? What happened is I had dinner with my wife in Paris and a Conservative Eurosceptic MP started a discussion. I tried to convince him – I nearly did. I don’t think Britain is going to leave.”

“But I’m  a politician not a high official”

“A Free Trade Agreement  with the UK? Well you’re a member of the EU. Why get involved in hypothetical things when they are plenty of real things to handle.”

“It would be – how do you say – a dance… a frolic.”

After the exchange, Mr Campbell Bannerman added, “A straight answer would have been nice, but this is the EU!

“The Commissioner said we need to forget the myths when we come to a decision about EU membership, and he is right. That’s why I had to challenge him on the myth he peddled in the press, that leaving the EU would lose UK trade jobs.

“Jobs in the UK would increase, as we would be free to enter trade agreements with growing economies around the world, without having to get the approval of the other EU member states.

“It is also a myth to say that EU countries will stop trading with us.

“Will Germany stop selling us their cars, the French stop selling us their wine, Italians their shoes, the Spanish their foodstuffs. Of course not.

“It’s just scaremongering and any close look shows them to be empty threats.”

 

Sunday 18th November – The Independent on Sunday

Storm looms for PM over EU budget

A new IoS poll shows support growing for the Eurosceptics

Quoted in The Independent on Sunday, David Campbell Bannerman said: “We know that Ukip cost the Conservatives a parliamentary majority in the general election, and my concern is that, if we do not take action to reassure people we are the best party for Eurosceptics, the same or worse may happen in the next election.”

Read the full story here: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/storm-looms-for-pm-over-eu-budget-8326456.html

 

EU Budget Waste on Projects like the 2013 European Year of Citizens shows Cameron right to insist on budget freeze, says MEP

A British Euro-MP has attacked a decision by his own parliament to designate 2013 European Year of Citizens and increase the originally proposed budget for the celebrations by a massive 500%, as an ‘insensitive waste of money’.

David Campbell Bannerman MEP, a renowned Conservative Eurosceptic, made the claims in an impassioned speech to the Parliament on Tuesday, after the proposal was adopted by 518 votes to 63.

The Eastern Counties MEP said: “I have to say that I can scarcely believe these proposals.  I feel they are utter nonsense.  And it should worry democrats that two thirds of MEPs supported this motion.  I did not.

“How can we throw money away on such nonsense when the peoples of Europe are hurting – like in Greece, in Spain, in Portugal, in France – and in my own country?

“The EU is clearly hopelessly out of touch with the peoples it purports to represent.   At a time when Angela Merkel is threatening to veto the entire Budget Summit if David Cameron vetoes anything but a freeze, this is crazy.

“David Cameron is trying to do the right thing.

“And are the peoples of Europe, in between paying higher taxes, in between job cuts and riots, turning to one another to say: ‘What we really need is a Year of European Citizenship’.  No – absolutely not !

“Nor am I a citizen of the EU but a loyal subject of the Queen. “The idea (of the European Year of Citizens) is flawed, insulting and an utter waste of money.”

The plans will see 12 months of events celebrate and raise awareness of the EU in the public mind.

Outside the debating chamber, Mr Campbell Bannerman added: “This is nothing short of an expensive propaganda exercise, by a load of Eurocrats putting their own job security ahead of what’s best for those we are supposed to represent and work for. It is one of many projects, such as the ridiculous and dangerous House of European History, that are prime candidates for budget cuts.

“They know that as everyday passes people are becoming more Euroscepic -especially in Britain as William Hague rightly said – and they’re running scared.”

“Even on its own website the EU admits ‘Only 20 months before the next European elections, putting Union citizenship and participatory democracy at the centre of the political agenda is absolutely essential’.

ENDS

Watch David’s speech at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYrWhETZG_s&feature=youtu.be


Oliver W Adam

Media Advisor to David Campbell Bannerman MEP
Conservative Member of the European Parliament (Eastern Counties)

Mobile: 07788 55 8041


Euro MPs urge Canada to end visa demands

21 May 2012 – bbc.co.uk

http://news.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/hi/europe/newsid_9721000/9721441.stm

MEPs have renewed calls for Canada to lift its visa restrictions for citizens of Bulgaria, Romania and the Czech Republic, making travel to the country visa-free for all EU citizens.

Canadians can travel anywhere in the 27-nation EU without a visa, and the European Parliament wants reciprocal treatment for the three European countries.

The EU is currently negotiating free trade arrangements with Canada, with the aim of signing the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) at some point this year.

However, it will need the approval of the European Parliament – and MEPs from the centre-right, liberal, socialist and democrat groups warned on 21 May 2012 that they might be inclined to vote against the agreement unless Canada drops its demands.

They said the policy was “unjustified” and discriminated against people from Bulgaria, Romania and the Czech Republic, arguing that they should benefit from visa-free travel to Canada like all other EU citizens.

But British Conservative MEP David Campbell Bannerman and UK Independence Party MEP Gerard Batten defended Canada’s decision.

They said it was for the Canadian government to decide who to let into the country and why.

German Left-wing MEP Cornelia Ernst took the view that the EU should improve living conditions in home countries in order to prevent emigration to places like Canada.

EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom shared MEPs’ frustration.

She said she had raised the issue with the Canadian government and hoped to resolve the situation very soon.

 

A vision for Britain outside the European Union

3rd October 2011

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-15152184 

 

MEP urges East Coast route for high-speed rail link

3rd August 2011

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-14388165

 

 

EU is ticking time bomb for Cameron as more Tories demand Britain quits Brussels

30th June 2011 – Daily Mail

David Campbell Bannerman has defected to the Conservatives and been made very welcome…

 

Europe Day not a day to celebrate, says Euro-MP

As countries across Europe mark ‘Europe Day’ today, one Euro-MP claims it is a day of betrayal, rather than a day of celebration.

David Campbell Bannerman MEP said: “Many people see the day as a chance to celebrate the ‘unity’ of today’s Europe, but in actual fact, its roots are pretty sinister.

“It actually marks the day in 1950 when the Schuman plan was implemented. This plan was the start of the undermining of nation states, with the creation of a ‘higher authority’ presiding over German coal and steel. The beginning of supranational government.

“Since that day, and the creation of the EU, European nations have had to systematically give up their sovereignty and national identity to unelected EU commissioners, sitting in Brussels as a supranational higher authority ruling over all aspects of our lives.
“We are now in the outrageous position where the EU can fine the UK government if it does not fly the EU flag on government buildings.

“I applaud the government for refusing to fly the EU flag on number 10, and hope they do not take part in any ‘celebrations’ today.

“Our members love Europe and European culture, but reject the EU.

“The EU only survives because of government handouts and diktats, most citizens of Europe have no love of the EU and would gladly see it replaced.”

 

Don’t lift China arms embargo

Following an announcement that EU foreign affairs chief Baroness Ashton wants to lift the arms embargo against China, MEP David Campbell Bannerman accuses the EU of putting our national security at risk in order to save the Euro from collapse.

 

MEP suggests Minister should miss Ukraine plane.

Concerns are growing that a planned visit to the Ukraine by an EU minister could create problems for the UK both economically and for our future security.

As the date nears for EU Foreign Minister Baroness Ashton to visit the non-EU country David Campbell Bannerman, an MEP for the Eastern Counties, used a speech in the Euro Parliament to spell out his fears and warn that it could be dangerous to force the Ukraine into the EU.

He said: “The Ukrainians are a good, generous, warm hearted people. But politically, I would counsel great care. Ukraine is a country divided between a pro-Western West and a Russian-facing East. It is also a big player – with 45 million citizens, and Russia sees the country as very much in its backyard.

“I have toured the Russian fleet in Sevastopol, Crimea and the Russians will jealousy guard its access to the Black Sea from here. Any talk of Ukraine joining NATO would be a sharp kick to the Russian bear.”

As well as wanting to become part of the EU, many in the Ukraine would like to see their country join NATO.

David Campbell Bannerman added: “A clumsy diplomatic approach by Baroness Ashton could exacerbate tensions at a difficult time, whilst the costs of forcing Ukraine into the EU from farming subsidies, regional aid and mass migration would be prohibitive.

“Better to help in other ways, and keep Ukraine a proud, independent, non-EU nation.

“The proposed visit is unwise at this point, perhaps the Minister should miss her Ukraine plane.”

If you have EU Embassies, This is an EU State

From the Times Newspaper… http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article6952426.ece

With a Conservative Government the favourite to take power in Britain next year, Baroness Ashton of Upholland is racing against time to establish a pan-European diplomatic service before David Cameron can clip its wings.

Some European leaders and MEPs want the new External Action Service (EAS) that she will oversee to become a federal Foreign Office for the EU with full consular powers, making it Europe’s pre-eminent presence around the world. But the battle is on to shape it before a possible change of government in Britain.

“We would like everything in place before David Cameron becomes Prime Minister,” said Andrew Duff, a Liberal Democrat MEP

…She will take charge of the EU’s external budget, set at €45 billion (£40 billion) for the period 2007-13, as well as a network of about 130 EU “embassies” and 3,000 staff around the world. The British peer, who became the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs on December 1, was embroiled in her first controversy last night when a dozen of the EU’s 27 foreign ministers objected to being replaced by her at the European summit in Brussels.

The decision to ban foreign ministers was defended by Carl Bildt, the Foreign Minister of Sweden — which holds the EU rotating presidency — who said that, since the Lisbon treaty came into force, relations between member states were no longer considered “foreign policy” but were now “domestic policy”. Therefore EU leaders no longer need their top diplomats beside them at EU summits.

David Campbell Bannerman MEP however had this to say…

The gradual development of unified EU embassies horrifies opponents of European federalism. David Campbell-Bannerman, an MEP on the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, said: “They are talking about creating a diplomatic ethos, just like the Commission, where Commissioners are not meant to represent the national interest. If you have EU embassies, this is an EU state.”

 

Pub Trade 2010: Rolling with the punches

Wednesday 15 December, 2010

From the Morning Advertiser (read it in full here)… http://www.morningadvertiser.co.uk/news.ma/article/89258

Norwich City Council admits using spying techniques in a bid to catch a local pub flouting the smoking ban and causes MEP David Campbell-Bannerman to protest, saying it makes a mockery of a law intended to target terrorists.

 

EU Move to Treble Maternity Pay Flops

Wednesday 18 August, 2010

The Sun Newspaper
By Clodagh Hartley

British MEPs may be on the brink of defeating European proposals to TRIPLE maternity pay – which would cost cash strapped UK taxpayers £2 billion a year.

An EU vote was due to take place today but it has now been postponed for the third time.

David Campbell Bannerman MEP said “This vote has been put back at least twice, which is unusual”. “It indicates that it is feared it would not go through as economies cannot afford it”.

The new law would give mums 100 per cent of pay for 20 weeks, up from 90 per cent for 6 weeks, followed by £123 for 33 weeks.

There is no cap on the amount women can earn and still benefit from 20 weeks at 100 per cent pay, so high-flying women should gain most.