Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Spotted in Coventry

Visiting CRASAC today

It was great to be able to meet the people behind CRASAC - The Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre.

CRASAC offer invaluable support to many across the Coventry and Warwickshire area - but I was told they even have international calls to their crisis helpline. 

It was great to be able to discuss various projects and for as long as I am an MEP, I will support this fantastic charity. If I'm re-elected I already have ideas in mind of how we can work together.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

The team in Tamworth

Visiting New Hope charity in Worcester

 It was a pleasure to visit New Hope, based in Worcester today.

The charity invited me to visit after talking on twitter through the popular networking hour #WorcestershireHour 

Jean Wilson set up New Hope, a holiday and Saturday club to help give families with disabled children respite. 

The charity, in Wells Road, Ronkswood, Worcester, supports 50 families from all over Worcestershire 

I was humbled by the centre and the work they are doing. Why aren't we doing more to support families with children who do need this extra support?  

If you are a business in Worcestershire which is looking to support a charity, please consider New Hope. The work they are doing is VITAL! 

Thank you to the team for my invite. I feel incredibly humbled by everything I've seen and heard today.


Sunday, 20 April 2014

Speaking at the Milad conference today

It was an honour to speak again at this years Milad Conference which was held in Aston Park.
It was fantastic to have representatives from all different faiths and walks of life addressing the tens of thousands who had gathered in the Park.

I also had the chance to talk about the We Demand a Referendum Now candidate Andy Adris MBE who is second on the parties list here in the West Midlands. With just 20% of the vote, Andy could become the fist ever Kashmiri MEP who could raise the issue of Kashmir to a whole other level.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Mobile surgery in Solihull today

Thanks to everybody who took the time to talk to the mobile surgery team today - tomorrow they will be in Burton Upon Trent from 10am onwards 

Speech in Strasbourg - European Commission: Hands off our pensions!

Speech in Strasbourg, 15th April 2014

One of the three policy options being discussed as a means of addressing problem surrounding the acquisition and preservation of pension rights, is legislation at EU level.

Nothing would alarm my constituents in the West Midlands more than this.

The use of best practices in a free and competitive market has always ensured the supremacy of the City of London in the financial services centre.

Competition and innovation have ensured that British businesses have always led the way.

As the work force becomes more mobile, it is the innovators, not legislators that we look to, to find the answers to the new challenges.

Innovation creates. Legislation stifles.

The idea of having pensions legislated by the same people who brought us the Eurozone crisis will chill the hearts of most people. My message to  the European Commission is this (to parody an old saying), "Go and legislate on your own doorstep, hands off our pensions".

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Mobile surgery in Lichfield Market today

Another great day for the team, the spell of fantastic weather is helping! Residents in Lichfield are gravely concerned about HS2.

Tomorrow the mobile surgery team are on Solihull High Street from 10am onwards - have your say! 

Demanding Justice for the 96 - A speech in Strasbourg

Speech in Strasbourg, 15th April 2014:

"25 years ago today, I went to a football match along with thousands of Liverpool supporters. 96 of us never came home. The fans were expectant. West Yorkshire police were negligent. The fans died. The police lied. Justice for the 96. You'll never walk alone."

Mobile surgery in Lichfield Marketplace today