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 …

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 speaks on air pollution

Air pollution breaches show Leeds is not alone in facing challenges

The European Commission has sent a final warning to five EU countries, including the UK, regarding persistent breaches of nitrogen dioxide in 16 air quality zones. Commissioners raised concerns over high levels of air pollution in cities including Leeds, London, Birmingham, and Glasgow. Yorkshire Conservative MEP Amjad Bashir said: “Pollution comes from economic success. That is why five major European economies are all …

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

Drax biomass go-ahead welcomed by Amjad

Today’s decision by the European Commission to approve support for the conversion of a unit at Drax Power Station in Yorkshire from coal to biomass has been welcomed by the local Conservative MEP. In January the EC launched a state aid investigation into UK Government plans to support the conversion with a subsidy for every megawatt-hour of biomass energy the …

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

Amjad: Drax report shows need for regulatory certainty

Yorkshire MEP Amjad Bashir today welcomed a new report highlighting the economic importance of the Drax power complex to the regional and national economies. The Conservative MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber is a keen supporter of the company’s plans to convert the plant from coal-burning to sustainable biomass and has criticised an investigation launched by the EU over compliance with …

Amjad Bashir at multifaith event to celebrate Queen's birthday

Yorkshire Muslims host multi-faith birthday celebration for the Queen

A multi-faith celebration was hosted by Yorkshire’s Muslim community in Bradford today to mark the Queen’s 90 years on her official birthday. The event was organised by the Conservative MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber Amjad Bashir under the banner of the One Britain One Nation initiative. Faith leaders and followers from the Muslim, Sikh, Christian and Jewish communities gathered …