Amjad Bashir MEP discusses Tata Steel.

Amjad: Steel crisis shows why we must be free of the EU

Britain would be better-placed to tackle the steel crisis if we were outside the EU, Conservative MEP Amjad Bashir is arguing. He said: “The crisis in this key industry is a threat to our national standing and a tragedy for the workers and communities involved. But the sobering truth is that the damage could be minimised – possibly avoided altogether – if we …

Amjad Bashir MEP at the EP

Amjad: We must show terrorists they will never win

Amjad Bashir, Conservative MEP for Yorkshire and The Humber, has issued the following statement from Brussels in the wake of the terrorist bombings there: “Today’s events in Brussels have been truly shocking. Words seem inadequate to describe the disgust we all feel at such atrocities, and our deep sympathy for the victims and their loved ones. “The people who perpetrated this foul crime can …

Amjad’s stern warning to EU Commission Drax inquiry

Yorkshire MEP Amjad Bashir has written to the European Commission warning that it is overstepping its powers in its state-aid investigation of power company Drax. He told the Commission’s Director General for Competition that the department was wrong to include potential impact in the United States within the cope of its probe. And he also warned of potential damage to …

Amjad: Drax study should be heeded – for the public’s sake

Conservative MEP Amjad Bashir has hailed a report published today as “potentially a major breakthrough” in building a future for Drax Power Station based on biomass fuel. The MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber said: “This well thought-through report finally debunks some of the myths about wind and solar power, and reveals the true cost of these alternatives for renewable …

Amjad urges shoppers to back Bradford’s businesses

Conservative MEP, Amjad Bashir, has urged Bradford’s shoppers to back small businesses in the city, following a visit to local Bicycle shop, Pennine Cycles. Amjad made the visit following his recent appointment as the Conservative Party’s spokesman on Small and Medium sized Enterprises, in the European Parliament. Pennine Cycles, owned by husband and wife duo Paul and Sandra Corcoran, is …

Portrait of MEP Amjad Bashir in the EP in Strasbourg

Amjad leads calls for immediate release of former soldiers

Amjad Bashir is leading calls in the European Parliament for the immediate release of six British former soldiers imprisoned after running anti-piracy missions in the Indian Ocean. The MEP today condemned the jailing as “mistaken and wrong-headed” and said India must face international pressure to reverse its stance. Two former soldiers from Yorkshire among the six arrested and imprisoned on …

Amjad Bashir discusses female entrepreneurs

Amjad: we must overcome barriers to female entrepreneurship

Female entrepreneurs need better access to childcare, investment and training to achieve their full potential, Yorkshire’s Conservative MEP said today. Amjad Bashir, Conservative MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber, spoke out as he gave his enthusiastic backing to a report promoting ways of helping more women into business. The report, approved by the European Parliament in Strasbourg today, notes that …

Amjad Bashir discusses the EU.

Amjad: New steel jobs blow means EU must act

Today’s announcement by Tata Steel of more than 1,000 job losses in the UK must result in action from the EU which is already overdue, says Conservative MEP Amjad Bashir. Mr Bashir, MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber, said the news would be a devastating blow for the communities concerned. He noted that Kay Koehler, chief executive of Tata’s European …

Amjad Bashir discusses farming in the UK.

Amjad backs futures market to help dairy farmers

Yorkshire MEP Amjad Bashir is backing a proposed new scheme to strengthen the hand of struggling milk farmers. It involves establishing a futures market in dairy products to reduce the price volatility currently damaging UK dairy producers. The idea, championed by Conservative MEPs, is to be examined by a new EU task force set up to find ways of strengthening …

The Drax power station in Selby. Amjad Bashir MEP discusses Drax.

Amjad critical of EU’s Drax investigation

Yorkshire’s Conservative MEP Amjad Bashir today hit out at the announcement of an EU “state aid” investigation into the future of Drax Power Station. He said the “unhelpful and unwelcome” move could undermine or delay crucial plans to turn the plant near Selby into one of the world’s biggest producers of energy from bio-mass. Mr Bashir said: “I have every …