At just over 700 replies, the low response rate reflects not only the summer season but diminished expectations. This is a bleak return for the Government as Parliament resumes.
Plus: Leadsom is a mensch. The Euro-elections may be a Conservative wipeout. And: my interview with Blair.
Andrea Leadsom is MP for South Northamptonshire. Follow Andrea on Twitter. Chris Heaton-Harris is Member of Parliament for Daventry. Follow Chris on Twitter. George Eustice is MP Member of Parliament for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle. Events in Europe guarantee that the way the EU works is going to change significantly over the coming years. This is […]
Chris Heaton-Harris is Member of Parliament for Daventry. Follow Chris on Twitter. The time was always going to come when the amazingly active "green" movement came up against hard economic fact – and that time has arrived. As much as it is spun, energy produced by onshore wind turbines is much more expensive than existing […]
Friday 8.45am John Redwood MP blogs: "Orderly but rapid break up would be the least cost option. It would liberate the countries allowed out, and permit them to adjust their competitiveness by a devaluation which would be swift and easier to sell than large wage cuts. There is no foundation to the proposition that the […]
Seven Conservative MPs have teamed up with the Centre for Policy Studies and ConHome to propose ideas to turbo charge the UK economy. Yesterday, Harriett Baldwin outlined controversial reforms to welfare. Chris Heaton-Harris is the Member of Parliament for Daventry. Just as the Coalition is taking tough action to tackle the UK’s massive deficit, Europe needs […]
Chris Heaton-Harris and Roger Helmer are both MEPs for the East Midlands. Together they have put out a press release urging the scrapping of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. This would have to be done by national governments, and last week Timothy Kirkhope wrote to Gordon Brown (who was in Strasbourg this week) on the […]
Chris Heaton-Harris is currently an MEP for the East Midlands, and will be standing down at June's European election to concentrate on his role as prospective parliamentary candidate for Daventry, where Tim Boswell is standing down. He is a member of the European Parliament's Budgetary Control Committee. Last year he wrote a rough guide to […]
We wondered if it was the best parliamentary question ever. Chris Heaton-Harris played Monty Python and asked: "Would the Commission agree with noted British philosophers, Messrs Palin and Cleese, that [the treaty] has passed on! This treaty is no more! It has ceased to be!" He has received this dull-as-dishwater reply: "The Lisbon Treaty was […]
Chris Heaton-Harris writes A Rough Guide to the EU’s Draft Budget for 2009. For the past nine years or so I have been a Member of the Audit Committee of the European Parliament (known as "Budgetary Control") and have been trying to make some sense of the Budgets of both the European Commission and European […]
Chris Heaton-Harris MEP – soon, we hope, to be MP for Daventry – has put down this question to the European Commission: "Would the Commission agree with noted British philosophers, Messrs Palin and Cleese, that [the treaty] has passed on! This treaty is no more! It has ceased to be! It’s expired and gone to […]
Chris is a Conservative MEP for the East Midlands. The opinions of other MEPs are featured on ToryDiary today. There are obviously dozens of ways the Party could choose to select its lists of MEP candidates for the June 2009 election. Below I mention just two – the one I prefer as a Party Member […]