Amjad: We’ll take no lectures from Brussels on workers’ rights

Stoking up fears of an erosion of workers’ rights after Brexit is misleading and mischievous, Amjad Bashir MEP warned today. Mr Bashir spoke out after he and other members of the European Parliament’s Employment and Social Affairs Committee heard Belgian MEP Guy Verhofstadt, the parliament’s co-ordinator on Brexit, offer his take on the consequences of Britain leaving the EU. The …

Amjad: On trade deals, real reform must come first

Reforms to uphold human rights should be a pre-requisite before trade deals are negotiated with Asia-Pacific countries, a high-powered gathering of diplomats was told in Brussels today. Amjad Bashir MEP said economic liberalisation should also be in place in countries looking to strike agreements. The Conservative MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber warned that the European Union’s “carrot and stick” …

Amjad: Piece Hall Quarter puts Halifax on the map

“A huge leap forward for Halifax and a real potential magnet for visitors and further investment.” That was the verdict of regional MEP Amjad Bashir after he was given a tour of the refurbished Piece Hall, the neighbouring Square Chapel arts centre and the new Halifax Central Library which opens next month. A series of multi-million pound investments co-ordinated by …