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Figures expose pointless EU directive (17th April 2015)

A study ordered by Conservative MEPs has laid bare the futility of the notorious EU Working Time Directive. The statistical study by the agency Eurofound established that many people were working longer hours in the countries where the directive is universally applied than in  countries such as Britain where there is a general opt-out. In the United Kingdom less than 15 per cent of workers were shown to be working more than 48 hours per week. But the figure was higher in no fewer than five countries where the opt-out is banned...


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MEP Voices Support for UK Plant Science (15th April 2015)

Conservative MEP for the West Midlands, Anthea McIntyre, has voiced her support for UK plant science at this year’s UK PlantSci Conference, which was held at Harper Adams University in Shropshire earlier this week. The two day conference was organised by the UK Plant Sciences Federation and the Society of Biology. Miss McIntyre who serves on the Agriculture Committee of the European Parliament chaired the keynote panel debate on ‘Building a Roadmap for UK Plant Science’. The panel discussed how to inspire a new generation of plant scientists and ensure that...


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Visiting Indestructible Paint Ltd. (13th April 2015)

Anthea recently visited Indestructible Paint Ltd., a family business based in Sparkhill, Birmingham, where she met the owners Doug and Alan Norton. Indestructible Paint is an independent specialist coating company, which employs 42 people to aid in the manufacturing of products such as engine coatings, air frame and defence paints, and general industrial coatings. Its customers include large multinational corporations such as Rolls Royce, Airbus, Boeing, BAE Systems and AgustaWestland. Anthea was invited to visit the company in order to discuss the legislation surrounding REACH (Registraton, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals)...


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MEP to lead debate on building a roadmap for UK plant science (12th April 2015)

Anthea McIntyre MEP is to lead a debate on building a roadmap for UK plant science at the UK Plantsci 2015 conference that opens tomorrrow (14th April) at Harper Adams University in Shropshire. McIntyre who serves on the Agriculture Committee and wrote a report on "The future of Europe's horticulture sector – strategies for growth", which was adopted by the European Parliament in 2014, will be joined by Simon Leather, Harper Adams University, Rick Mumford of the Food and Environment Research Agency, Huw Jones of Rothamsted Research and Elizabeth Warham from...


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