It’s the classic small party dilemma – do you accept recruits and defectors, even when they come with baggage?
Richard Ashworth and Julie Girling apparently believe that the UK has not made ‘sufficient progress’ on Brussels’ check-list.
The case of a little-known organisation based out of an Association office raises some rather troubling questions.
“Wir schaffen es” – we can do it – is the refrain we hear from Berlin, but this is falling on deaf ears in the towns facing an influx of migrants.
Plus: The fiendish Guido seating plan. Mike Read is not a racist. And: shame on the six Conservative MEPs who voted for Juncker.
He will be working with Martin Callanan, the Tory MEP who leads the ECR group.
By Mark WallaceFollow Mark on Twitter As if any further proof of grassroots dissatisfaction were needed, I've just been told by two sources that Richard Ashworth MEP – the Leader of the Conservative MEP Group in the European Parliament – and Marta Andreasen MEP – who recently defected from UKIP – have been deselected as candidates for […]
Richard Ashworth is the leader of Britain's Conservative MEPs. Follow Richard on Twitter. Yesterday I was in the audience at Bloomberg to hear our Prime Minister set out to the country his vision of our future relationship with Europe. At the core of his message was a warm and overwhelmingly positive vision of a reformed and reinvigorated European Union, with […]
Richard Ashworth is the leader of Britain's Conservative MEPs. If you want to know about the attitude to taxpayers of some here in the European Parliament, look at the headline its press office chose to place yesterday on a release about the EU budget. A majority of MEPs had just demanded an eye-watering 6.8% increase […]
By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter. The leader of the Conservative Party’s MEPs, Richard Ashworth, has strongly condemned the European Commission’s plan to demand £8billion from national governments to plug shortfalls in its budget this year. The Commission’s shortfall arises because it has started new long-term budget negotiations, causing governments to submit receipts for future […]
Richard Ashworth is the leader of Britain's Conservative MEPs. The debate surrounding Europe's economic crisis has reminded me of Lewis Carroll's Humpty Dumpty. In Through the Looking Glass he scornfully tells Alice: "When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less." And so it is […]
Richard Ashworth is an MEP for the south-east of England and new leader of the Conservative MEPs. I was honoured and very proud to be elected by my fellow Conservative MEPs to be their leader. I was also amazed how many people – even before I had settled behind my desk to get on with the job in […]
Next week in Strasbourg three Conservative MEPs will stand for the leadership of the delegation of Conservative MEPs. ConservativeHome asked each of them to briefly set out their stall… Richard Ashworth has been an MEP for South East England since 2004 and deputy leader of the Conservative MEPs since 2009. Proportional representation (PR) and the […]
Richard Ashworth, MEP for the South East and member of the European Parliament’s committee on budgets, explains what went wrong with the EU’s accounts. Even before the European Union’s Court of Auditors delivered its verdict on the EU’s accounts on Monday night, I could have told you what it would say. For the thirteenth year […]