UKIP MEPs given key roles

Delivered by on 4 July 2014


Newly-elected East Midlands UKIP MEPs Roger Helmer and Margot Parker have been given key roles in the European Parliament.


Mr Helmer, an MEP since 1999, is the UKIP spokesman on industry and energy and has recently been elected leader of the party's MEP delegation.


He said: "I have argued that current EU/UK energy policy is driving up costs, undermining competitiveness, and forcing industry, investment and jobs out of the UK altogether. It's also driving householders and pensioners into fuel poverty."


Meanwhile, Margot Parker, who was elected alongside Mr Helmer in May, sits on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee, (IMCO), and also the committee for Gender Equality and Womens' Rights, (FEMM).


She has also been appointed spokesman for small businesses. She said: "Coming from a small business trade association background I understand only too well the need to lessen red tape, cutting non essential regulations.


"Too much form filling diverts efforts to run the businesses for the good of the owners and staff. For more than 30 years governments have said they would reduce the burdens of red tape but of course we must understand how much worse this has been generated by Brussels."


Both will speak at the UKIP conference in Doncaster on Friday, September 26.




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