Welsh Conservatives in the European Parliament
Dr Kay Swinburne MEP
Kay’s latest visits in Wales
Avox, Wrexham, April 2014

It was a pleasure to be invited to speak at Avox in Wrexham and to take part in the announcement that this global company has the confidence in the UK economy to create 200 new jobs in the local area. I have worked tirelessly to ensure the economic reform in Europe that will enable businesses to grow and provide prosperity here in Wales and further afield.

Gower Brewery, March 2014
It was a pleasure to be invited to a Gower micro brewery to see the excellent contribution they are making to the economy of the local area. In two and a half years, this enterprise is now running at capacity!
Mumbles, March 2014
I spent a very interesting afternoon with local business owners discussing issues such as how red tape is affecting the operation of Welsh businesses through to reform of the Common Fisheries Policy. It was great to meet with so many people who contribute so much to their local communities.
Radyr and Pentyrch Conservatives, Cardiff, February 2014
It was a pleasure to return to Radyr to speak to the local Conservative branch and update them on the latest developments in the European Parliament. Thank you for the kind invite and for your engaging questions!
Dyfed Powys Police Headquarters, Carmarthen, February 2014
I spent an informative couple of hours with the local Police Commissioner and Chief Inspector of Dyfed Powys Police who updated me on neighbourhood policing in the area and their priorities for the future.
Welsh Cottage Cakes, Llandeilo, February 2014
I spent a very interesting morning with the proprietor and staff of Welsh Cottage Cakes in Llandeilo. It was great to see a local business contributing so much to the local economy.
Ty Hywel, Cardiff, February 2014


I met with European Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, László Andor in Ty Hywel and had the opportunity to discuss with him how Wales can ensure it generates the absolute maximum benefit from its new allocation of European Union funding for 2014 – 2020. During his visit Commissioner Andor will also be visiting the sites of three European Social Fund projects in Wales, to see how our communities have already been aided by EU funding.

Knighton Fire Station, November 2013

 

On a visit to Knighton Fire Station, I was saddened to hear about the threat to its future. Such an amenity provides an essential service to local people and I fully support the staff in their campaign to keep it open.

 


Whitton Community Centre, Powys, November 2013
It was a pleasure to be invited to Whitton Community Centre to speak to local members about my work for Wales and the UK in the European Parliament. I enjoyed hearing your views on the UK's relationship with the EU.  


Knighton Town Council, November 2013
I was happy to be invited by the Knighton Town Council to speak with them regarding any EU funding opportunities that might be of help to the local area. For as long as we remain a part of the EU, it is important that communities in Wales are aware of any funding opportunities the EU can offer.
Protocol Control Systems, Knighton, November 2013
I was impressed by Protocol Control Systems in Knighton, who manufacture electrical control systems for the process industry. John Thomas was an excellent guide to the impressive work going on there.
Radnor Hills Spring Water, Knighton, November 2013
I was extremely pleased to visit Radnor Hills Spring Water in Knighton with Cllr Trevor Johnson and Chris Davies. In 2012, Radnor Hills was placed amongst the 50 fastest growing privately owned food and drink companies in the UK by The Grocer magazine, the voice of the British grocery industry. What an excellent contribution to the local economy!
Roundtable meeting with William Graham AM and Sue Coles of University of South Wales, November 2013

I found a roundtable business meeting with William Graham AM and Sue Coles, Senior Marketing Lecturer at University of South Wales, very illuminating. It is vital that we support education as a driver of economic strength in Wales.
Sea Defences, Nr Langstone, November 2013
I met Mr Neville Walters and visited the sea defences near Langstone, Monmouthshire, to discuss issues arising there with local farmers.
Welsh Conservative Party Policy Forum, Llandudno, November 2013
It was once again a pleasure to address the Welsh Conservative Party Policy Forum in Llandudno and to see so many friends and supporters there. Discussions were varied and the interactive session on the UK and the EU was particularly interesting.
Preseli Pembrokeshire, November 2013
I spent a great afternoon with Paul Davies AM and his very able team in Preseli Pembrokeshire, campaigning on issues in the local community. I look forward to joining you again in the future!
Milford Haven Port Authority, November 2013
I was very pleased to be able to take up Milford Haven Porth Authority's invite to visit the site and to be briefed on the plans for Milford Haven. Thank you for a very informative visit!
Cardigan Castle, November 2013
It was a pleasure to return to Cardigan Castle and to hear from Cadwgan about the £11m restoration that has taken place there - which was part funded by the European Regional Development Fund. Tourism is vitally important to the economy of Wales and so I was particularly pleased to hear of the developments there.
Aberystwyth Conservative Future, November 2013
I spent a very interesting evening answering a wide range of stimulating questions on the EU from Aberystwyth CF members at Aberystwyth Conservative Club. It is always a pleasure to return to Aberystwyth and see the academic talent being nurtured there. 
Conservative Policy Forum, Cardiff, October 2013
I was delighted to see so many Welsh Conservative Party members turn out to support our Policy Forum in Cardiff yet again this year. As always, it was a very fruitful day, and a great opportunity for us to discuss the UK's relationship with the EU.
RSPB Conwy, October 2013
I have always enjoyed supporting the RSPB and was therefore keen to take them up on a visit of the Conwy reserve. It provided an excellent opportunity for the Head of European Policy Campaigns and the Projects Manager, to discuss their hopes and concerns for the future with me.
CBI Wales, Clwyd, October 2013
I spent a very interesting breakfast meeting with CBI Wales, where I answered questions from Welsh businesses in a 'Question Time' format. I was delighted to see so many representatives present, with such an appetite to develop their businesses.
Cowbridge Conservative Branch, Vale of Glamorgan, October 2013
It was a pleasure to be invited to address Cowbridge Conservatives at their branch function, on my work as the Conservative MEP for Wales. Discussions took a number of interesting routes and it was great to see friends old and new there. Thank you for such a warm welcome!
Llanfair and Caerwent Conservative Branch, Monmouthshire, October 2013
I spoke at Llanfair and Caerwent Conservative Branch's evening and was pleased to see so many Party supporters in attendance.
FSB Caerphilly Castle, September 2013
It was a pleasure to be invited to address the FSB at Caerphilly Castle on my role as a Member of the European Parliament for Wales and how this enables me to help the business community expand in Wales.
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03/04/2014



Conservatives rallied sufficient support during a full plenary session in Brussels to overturn an earlier decision by the Environment Committee under which the EU would have attempted to force non-European airlines to pay a carbon levy every time they flew in or out of the EU. This would have provoked retaliation which could have severely damaged the UK's aerospace sector.

 

During the vote Plaid MEP Jill Evans joined Green colleagues in rejecting proposals to continue exempting non-European airlines from its Emissions Trading Scheme... (Read more under 'Articles')

26/03/2014



Dr Kay Swinburne, Conservative MEP for Wales, has today become a Freeman of the City of London.

Dr Swinburne collected her Freedom of the City in a ceremony that took place today at London's Guildhall, in recognition of her work throughout this mandate as a Member of the European Parliament, particularly during her period as Co-ordinator on Economic and Monetary Affairs for the European Conservatives and Reformists Group.

The granting of the Freedom of the City of London is one of the oldest traditional ceremonies still in existence today...(Read more under 'Articles')

17/03/2014



Dr Kay Swinburne MEP was delighted to welcome the Gwent Magistrates to the European Parliament in Brussels this week. The group, led by Revis Williams, enjoyed an informative talk about the workings and the history of the European institutions, followed by a visit of the main Parliament buildings.

 

The group also listened to the European Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee, and watched a televised briefing by UK Government Minister of State for Europe, David Lidington MP.

 

Speaking of the Gwent Magistrates' visit to the European Parliament, Dr Swinburne remarked:

 

"The opportunity to welcome Welsh constituents to the European Parliament, whether it be in Brussels or Strasbourg, is always an occasion which I look forward to. It was a pleasure to meet the Gwent Magistrates this week, and I look forward to hearing from them in the near future."

14/03/2014  

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that the Royal Air Force is reforming an auxiliary squadron in Wales, 57 years after its disbandment. The announcement follows a series of proposals outlined in the independent review of the UK's reserve forces, part of the overall strategic defence and security review in 2010.

 

The newly reformed squadron’s commanding officer, Wing Commander Phil Sagar, said:

 

“As reserves play a bigger part in the UK’s military strategy, the reforming of 614 Squadron will provide an exciting and challenging opportunity for people in Wales to be part of the future of their Royal Air Force."

 

Efforts to re-launch 614 Squadron of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force is now nearing completion, with an emphasis to start recruiting personnel to man the squadron in the near future.

 

Upon learning of the announcement, Dr Swinburne MEP commented:

 

"I am delighted to hear of the Ministry of Defence's decision to reform 614 Squadron in Wales, especially considering the UK's reserve forces play such a crucial role in the nation's defence capabilities.

 

"The opportunities to develop skills in the Royal Auxiliary Air Force squadron are endless, and provide for an excellent opportunity for those who are interested to train with likeminded driven, and professional individuals.

 

"I wish Wing Commander Sagar the best in the recruitment process for the squadron, and look forward to hearing of its successes in the weeks and months to come."

 

If you are interested in joining the reserve forces, find out how you can get involved at:  https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-defence/about/recruitment#join-the-reserves
26/02/2014



Conservatives in the European Parliament have contacted the European Commission seeking information about EU funds for those facing financial losses because of the storms.

 

Inshore fleets, including those in Wales and southern England, have been particularly badly affected this winter as storms have prevented them from going to sea.

 

According to Dr Swinburne fishermen have faced the choice of risking their lives at sea or not having enough money to pay their bills and feed their families. Fishermen were finally able to return to the sea only last weekend after almost two months of inactivity.

 

Following pressure from Conservative MEPs, the European Commission has revealed that support can be provided via EU schemes such as the European Fisheries Fund...(Read more under 'Articles')

25/02/2014


 

In advance of tomorrow's European Parliament vote on the Tobacco Products Directive UK Conservative MEPs gather to show that they are 'still fuming' about EU proposals to over-regulate e-cigarettes. Many of the companies currently supplying Welsh constituents with these less harmful alternatives to tobacco products are small Welsh businesses. As the proposal currently stands it would be draconian and likely to result in the e-cigarette business being moved to the pharmaceutical companies and tobacco companies themselves. Another unintended consequence would also be that the sponsorship of the Merthyr stadium by Welsh Company, E-ciggs would also be unlikely to be allowed if these measures are adopted unchanged.

25/02/2014

Dr Kay Swinburne, Conservative MEP for Wales, will join representatives of UK thalidomide survivors today to meet with Health Commissioner, Tonio Borg, in Strasbourg.

These representatives have campaigned tirelessly for proper compensation for thalidomide survivors, from the German manufacturer of the drug, Grunenthal.

Speaking in advance of today's meeting Dr Swinburne MEP said:

"I am very pleased to have the opportunity to join the representatives at this crucial meeting today."

"Proper compensation from Grunenthal for thalidomide survivors is long over-due, but these representatives have refused to give up, campaigning continually for justice."

"I have already written to Commissioner Borg stating my support for their campaign and I really hope that together we will be able to secure the help of the Commissioner, in brokering a meeting between the representatives of UK thalidomide survivors, the German Government and Grunenthal."

25/02/2014

Wales has already benefitted from £57 million pounds of UK Government investment in the Superfast Cymru project, but today's news that local projects in Wales will receive an additional £12 million of funding, focusing in particular on rural areas, will come as a welcome boost to businesses and families, who are yet to reap the benefits of superfast broadband.


Commenting on the news Dr Swinburne MEP said:


"This is great news for Wales. We are already seeing the value that investment in superfast broadband can bring, but it is vital we ensure that no community in Wales is left behind and this kind of extra funding can help us to achieve this goal and deliver a real boost to our rural economies."


"Superfast broadband can also unlock direct access to EU markets for our Welsh businesses, providing real opportunities for growth and for export."


"This extra funding is a clear signal of the UK Government's commitment to investing in broadband infrastructure for people in Wales and I look forward to seeing this funding aiding the delivery of the new technology to the doorsteps of as many homes and businesses in Wales as soon as possible."




11/02/2014



Dr Kay Swinburne, Conservative MEP for Wales, has today met with European Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, László Andor, who is currently making a visit to Cardiff. At an event in Ty Hywel, to welcome the Commissioner, she had the opportunity to discuss with him her thoughts on how Wales can ensure it generates the absolute maximum benefit from its new allocation of European Union funding for 2014 – 2020.

During his visit, Commissioner Andor will also be visiting the sites of three European Social Fund projects in Wales, to see how our communities have already been aided by EU funding.

24/01/2014


The plans outlined by the Welsh Government on how Common Agricultural Policy funds will be distributed have confirmed that they will transfer 15% of the CAP Single Farm Payment from Pillar 1 to Pillar 2 (Rural Development Programme).


15% is the maximum amount allowed, when it comes to transferring funds from Pillar 1 to Pillar 2 and it is a bigger chunk of the budget than is planned in England, where the Government will only initially move 12% of the funds available and then gradually increase the amount to 15%. This initial reduction is designed to provide some comfort to farmers who are worried that this transfer of funds could leave them disadvantaged.

 

Commenting on this decision by the Welsh Government to opt for the maximum 15% transfer Dr Swinburne, Conservative MEP for Wales said:

 

“I am disappointed to see that the Welsh Government have not chosen to offer our farmers the same sliding scale that farmers in England are going to receive. Conservative MEP's fought hard for the flexibility and it is a shame that the Welsh Government are not using it to help Welsh farmers".

 

“In failing to opt for the 12% transfer rate, the Welsh Government has missed a vital opportunity to address some of the understandable concerns our farmers have and to offer Welsh farmers a helping hand in what is a hugely competitive European agricultural market.”

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