Time for action on “Cinderella” station

Transport authorities should stop dragging their feet and fix the chronic problems at one of Yorkshire’s busiest small stations. That was the conclusion from a site visit to Mirfield Station by Amjad Bashir, MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber and Conservative spokesman on small business in the European Parliament. He was invited to see the station by Kirklees Councillor Martyn …

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Bashir pressure halts Myanmar trade trip

An EU trade mission to Myanmar scheduled for next week has been cancelled following pressure from campaigning MEP Amjad Bashir. The delegation from the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee was due to visit Myanmar to explore a potential expansion of trade agreements with the EU – despite international condemnation of ethnic cleansing there. Mr Bashir, Conservative MEP for Yorkshire and …

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Amjad backs Myanmar warning: trade cannot live with tyranny

Campaigning MEP Amjad Bashir today welcomed an overwhelming vote in the European Parliament demanding that Mayamar should bring an immediate end to the persecution of its Rohingya Muslim minority – or face international sanctions as punishment. Mr Bashir, Conservative MEP for Yorkshire and The Humber, produced a hard-hitting report for the parliament earlier this year on statelessness and plight of …

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Blog from Brussels: Juncker’s state of the Union speech

I sat in the European Parliament chamber yesterday as Jean Claude Juncker delivered his so-called State of the Union speech. It left me shocked and relieved in equal measure. Shocked at the scale and speed at which they plan to plough ahead towards a European Superstate. Relieved that Britain is leaving and will not have to be part of a …

Amjad: We need sanctions now to protect oppressed Rohingyas

Campaigning MEP Amjad Bashir is calling for comprehensive international sanctions against Myanmar in response to the persecution of the Rohingya Muslims in the West of the country. An urgent resolution to go before the European Parliament on Thursday will press the European Union to consider all possible means of compelling the Myanmar Burmese authorities to halt the atrocities which have …

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 …

Airport to play critical post-Brexit role

If Yorkshire is to remain the economic powerhouse it so clearly is, its links with the rest of the world – especially post Brexit – are critical. While our own internal transport connectivity remains lacking, while we wait for HS2 to create the ‘joined up’ high-tech rail network we so badly need, the good news is that our own Leeds …

Amjad Bashir MEP: Pakistan resolution sends wrong message

A resolution attacking Pakistan for “fantasy” breaches of human rights will send the wrong message to an ally in need of help, MEPs were warned today. Amjad Bashir, Conservative MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber, sounded the caution as the European Parliament in Strasbourg debated an urgent resolution criticising Pakistan’s use of military courts and alleging government responsibility for anti-blasphemy …