Amjad: Brexit is an opportunity not a threat

More than 200 Conservative Party supporters gathered in Elland last night (Thursday) for a dinner with the theme Global Britiain – Out of the EU into the World. The event at Bertie’s Banqueting Suite was organised by Amjad Bashir, Conservative MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber, and featured Conservative Party Chairman Sir Patrick McLoughlin as guest of honour. Mr Bashir …

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

Amjad: Drax energises Yorkshire’s economy

Yorkshire and Humber MEP Amjad Bashir today welcomed a report detailing the economic impact of the Drax Group in the region and across Britain. The study detailed how the energy company contributed almost £1.7 billion towards the UK economy in 2016 and supported thousands of jobs across the country. That included £419 million and more than 3,600 jobs in the …

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Amjad: We’ll boost the parts other investments do not reach

A £400 million cash boost for the Northern Powerhouse, announced at the Conservative Party Conference today, was given a warm welcome by Amjad Bashir MEP, Conservative spokesman on small business in the European Parliament. Mr Bashir, MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “This is a substantial cash boost, well thought through and smartly-targeted.” The investment, announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond, will pay for new …

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 …

Image of Jean Claude Juncker. AMjad Bashir discusses the EU.

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” …