Mr Redwood’s contribution to the Statement on the European Council, 11 Feb

Mr John Redwood (Wokingham) (Con): I congratulate the Prime Minister heartily on a very professional outcome to the negotiations. Will he take this opportunity to ask all party political leaders in this country to urge their MEPs to uphold this deal and to vote for it in the European Parliament? I am sure Conservatives will, but the public would not take kindly to being let down by MEPs after he has done so well.

The Prime Minister (Mr David Cameron): My right hon. Friend makes an important point. All the UK MEPs account for a decent percentage of the European Parliament, so it makes a real difference if socialist MEPs and Liberal MEPs from Britain vote for this budget, and they should do so in an open, transparent manner. The idea of having a secret ballot in a Parliament seems to me completely wrong. The fact is that you send MEPs to Brussels—and, regrettably, to Strasbourg—so you can see what they do on your behalf.

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4 Comments

  1. Normandee
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    Hearty congratulations for achieving another increase in our payments, why did he not demand the implementation of the promises given to Tony Blair when they reduced our rebate, and failing that the reinstatement of the rebate. He comes back with the so called plaudits, yet he is the only leader who has actually achieved nothing that will save us money

  2. Normandee
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Well I certainly know the answer to my question now, conservative vote and be damned to the consequences.
    Politicians
    You steal from us
    You lie to us
    are there any depths you will not sink to, you certainly don’t want to rise above the crowd.
    Comfort zone MP’s

  3. David Langley
    Posted February 16, 2013 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    Correct me if I am wrong John, but I read that prior to the budget negotiations all MEPs voted on the new budget and apart from our MEPs their was virtually a unanimous yes vote. I cannot believe that this will change especially as they would vote for a wage freeze for two years.

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