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MEPs back McIntyre plan to tackle growing threat of plant pests (26th April 2016)

  A West Midlands MEP's drive to protect gardens, farmland and the UK countryside from deadly plant diseases took a big step forward today. Anthea McIntyre has negotiated a wide-ranging package of measures to tackle plant pests by stopping them entering the country.  Approval by the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee today means the McIntyre report will now go to the full parliament for final approval with a recommendation to adopt it as EU law. The report on Plant Health was originally proposed by the EU Commission and, as lead MEP on the legislation, Miss McIntyre...


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MEPs welcome farmers 'support for remain (19th April 2016)

  Conservative MEPs Julie Girling and Anthea McIntyre have congratulated the National Farmers Union for backing the remain campaign in the EU referendum.They said the decision showed "good sense and good leadership". They spoke out after the union, which represents 55,000 farmers across England and Wales, threw its weight behind the campaign for Britain to remain in Europe, saying that "the interests of farmers are best served by our continuing membership." Mrs Girling and Miss McIntyre, MEPs for neighbouring regions of the South West and West Midlands, issued a joint statement saying: "Subsidies...


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I will fight unwarranted ban (12th April 2016)

  Conservative MEP Anthea McIntyre has vowed to fight moves to ban an important herbicide. The European Parliament will vote in Strasbourg tomorrow on a resolution calling on the EU Commission effectively to ban farmers and others from applying the widely-used weed killer glyphosate. Miss McIntyre, Conservative MEP for the West Midlands, said: "This product is vital for arable and horticulture crops. It is also needed for controlling damaging weeds on hard surfaces such as airport runways. "We must not go banning it on a whim because of misplaced concerns which...


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MEPs showcase West Midlands business (4th April 2016)

    Edgbaston will be the venue for a high profile business lunch this week organised by the West Midlands' Conservative MEPs.   Special guest and main speaker will be Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe, the Government minister responsible for intellectual property, or copyright.   Anthea McIntyre MEP and Daniel Dalton MEP have arranged the event on Thursday at the world-famous cricket ground to highlight the region's commercial prowess and offer opportunity for business people and policy-makers to exchange ideas.   Miss McIntyre said: "The greater Birmingham area is the beating heart of British business. We want to celebrate...


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New Birmingham business forum launched (8th April 2016)

Apprenticeships, the skills gap and the profile of commerce among politicians were among the subjects aired during a business lunch and information session organised by Conservative MEPs. The Birmingham Business Lunch held at Edgbaston Cricket Ground on Thursday was "enlightening, entertaining and very well-received," said Anthea McIntyre, Conservative MEP for the West Midlands, who hosted the event. To build on this success, further events are now planned under the banner Birmingham Conservative Business Forum. Special guest and main speaker was Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe, a minister in both the Department of Culture, Media and...


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